A law that protects the creators of “original works of authorship.” Protection is available for original works immediately after they are created regardless of if they are published, unpublished, or registered with the U.S. Copyright Office.
Visit find out more about the U.S. Copyright Law : http://www.copyright.gov/
Want to Use Copyrighted Material for Educational Purposes?
The Fair Use doctrine of the copyright law allows the use of copyrighted works without permission or payment if the use is “fair” according to the “rule of reason”.
What is “fair” according to the “rule of reason”?
In general, judges and lawyers determine if the use of copyrighted material is “fair” by answering two key questions:
Did the unlicensed use “transform” the material from the copyrighted work by using it for a different purpose than that of the original?
Was the material taken appropriate in kind and amount considering the nature of copyrighted work and of the use?
YES?! Then you are likely to be using the document fairly!