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    What does copyright protect?   The exclusive rights of a creator to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute, perform, display, sell, lend or rent their creations. (In other words, profit from their work!)

    Forms of Expression

    • Poetry
    • Prose
    • Computer programs
    • Artwork
    • Music-- written or recorded.
    • Animations
    • Movies and videos
    • Java Applets
    • A "web page"
    • Architectural Drawings
    • Photographs
    • And more forms of expression...

     Copyright does not protect

    • Ideas
    • Titles
    • Names
    • Short phrases
    • Works in the public domain
    • Mere facts
    • Logos and slogans (although protected by trademark)
    • Blank forms that only collect information rather than
      provide information.
    • URL'S (i.e., a link to a web site.)

    The Copyright Act grants five rights to a copyright owner:

    1.    The right to reproduce the copyrighted work.

    2.    The right to prepare derivative works based upon the original(s).

    3.    The right to distribute copies of the work.

    4.    The right to perform the work publicly.

    5.    The right to display the work publicly


    The Copyright act also grants rights to educators. It is called Fair Use.
    Fair use" is the means by which educators of non-profit educational institutions may use copyrighted works without seeking permission or making payment to the author or publisher.  This is a controversial idea, but it has grown out of 200 years of court rulings in  U.S. history.
    Copyright for written material
    Copyright for Multimedia
    Take an interactive trip through Copyright Bay and see how well you navigate the dangerous waters of copyright law!

    So, you think you're hot stuff, eh? Take this copyright quiz to see if you know your stuff

Last Modified on August 16, 2016