Everything You Wanted to Know About
Ethics, Copyright, & Fair Use Review
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What cannot be protected by copyright?
• Works, ideas and facts are in the public domain
• Words, names slogans, or short phrases cannot be copyrighted
(However, slogans can be protected by trademark law.)
• Blank forms
What does it mean if something is copyrighted?
• Copyright guarantees for the creator of a work the right to:
• --distribute or sell
• --perform and display publicly
• --prepare new works based on the protected work
What is copyrighted?
• Literary works
• musical works, including words
• Dramatic works, including words
• Pantomimes and choreographic works
• Pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
• Motion pictures and audio visual works
• Sound recordings
• You cannot print web pages, photos, or other information from the internet without
• from the source
(These are considered literary works under copyright law.)
• The internet is NOT the public domain
• Assume a work is copyrighted
Tips for using the Internet
• Always credit the source
• of your information
• Find out if the author of a work (graphic, video, audio, etc.) provides information
on how to use his or her work. If explicit guidelines exist, follow them.
• Whenever feasible, ask the owner of the copyright for permission.
• Keep a hard copy of your request and the permission received.
Even if you are not selling it
• You may not be making a profit, BUT you are preventing someone else from making a
• It is still a violation if you give it away AND there can still be heavy damages if you hurt
the commercial value of the property.
• News Reporting
Fair Use factors (4)
• Purpose and character of use
(Is it nonprofit? Is it educational?)
• The nature of the copyrighted work
(Is it factual?
• The amount that is used
(Less is always better. Adhere to guidelines.)
• The effect of the use on the potential market
• (Are you preventing the creator from profiting financially?.)
Fair Use guidelines
• Music, Lyrics, and Music Videos:
--up to 10%, but no more than 30 seconds
• Illustrations or Photographs:
--no more than 5 images from one artist
--no more than 10% or 15 images from a collection
• Text Material:
--up to 10% or 1000 words
--_ 3 poems per poet, 5 poems from different poets from an anthology