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The Basics Of
Copyright Law
By: Christopher Sabec
It is important to know the basics of
copyright law in order to understand why
these laws are in place, how they help to
d...
Copyright is a federal law under Title 17 of
the United States Code. It originated with the
United States Constitution in ...
Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution states that
“Congress shall have the power… To Promote the
Process of Science an...
Simply put, copyright is the right of the authors or
owners of content to control the use of their work for
a limited peri...
Copyright is important because it not only
protects the rights of the originators of
creative work but it also promotes
cr...
With copyright laws in place, an author or
musician can reasonably expect that they will
control over their work, which en...
There are 8 categories of works that are
copyrightable under the law:
1. Architectural works.
2. Computer programs.
3. Com...
Adversely, there are numerous types of
works that cannot be copyrighted. Having
familiarity with this list as well will he...
1. Ideas, procedures, methods, and
processes
2. Titles, names, short phrases, and
slogans (they can be trademarked
but not...
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The Basics Of Copyright Law

  1. 1. The Basics Of Copyright Law By: Christopher Sabec
  2. 2. It is important to know the basics of copyright law in order to understand why these laws are in place, how they help to drive the creative process, and how to avoid unintentionally using copyrighted material illegally.
  3. 3. Copyright is a federal law under Title 17 of the United States Code. It originated with the United States Constitution in an effort to protect the rights of originators of creative work and their ability to profit from their creative work.
  4. 4. Article I, Section 8, of the Constitution states that “Congress shall have the power… To Promote the Process of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
  5. 5. Simply put, copyright is the right of the authors or owners of content to control the use of their work for a limited period of time. It is important to note that the a piece of copyrighted work must be an original work of authorship which is fixed in a tangible medium of expression. This refers to a physical copy of the work, such as written work on paper, movie on a hard drive, or song on a disk.
  6. 6. Copyright is important because it not only protects the rights of the originators of creative work but it also promotes creativity and learning.
  7. 7. With copyright laws in place, an author or musician can reasonably expect that they will control over their work, which encourages them to continue to create and be creative and allows the rest of us to learn and absorb their creation.
  8. 8. There are 8 categories of works that are copyrightable under the law: 1. Architectural works. 2. Computer programs. 3. Compilations of works and derivative works. 4. Literary, musical and dramatic works. 5. Motion pictures and other AV works. 6. Pantomimes and choreographic works. 7. Pictorial, graphic and sculptural works. 8. Sound recordings.
  9. 9. Adversely, there are numerous types of works that cannot be copyrighted. Having familiarity with this list as well will help you better understand what makes a piece of work copyrightable.
  10. 10. 1. Ideas, procedures, methods, and processes 2. Titles, names, short phrases, and slogans (they can be trademarked but not copyrighted) 3. Works in the public domain 4. Works that are not fixed in a tangible medium of expression 5. Facts, news, and research (for example, you cannot copyright a standard calendar) What cannot be copyrighted?

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