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What is Copyright? by Mind Map: What is Copyright?
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What is Copyright?

Copyright is the right of the author/creator to control the use of their created works. The copyright owner has the sole right to do or allow others to (1) Reproduce all or part of the work (2) Distribute copies (including electronically or through the internet) (3) To prepare new versions based on the original (4) To perform the work publicly (5) to display the work publicly   The goal of copyright law and policy is to foster the progress of science, the creation of culture, and the dissemination of ideas. Copyright law covers both published and unpublished works, anything in a fixed medium, compilations, and reference works. It does not include ideas and concepts in an unfixed medium, processes, principles, facts, discoveries, procedures, and systems.

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Schewe Library Policy

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Public Domain Chart

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What is Copyright?

Copyright laws protect published and non-published original works of authorship that have been fixed in a tangible medium. Examples of the types of original works that may be protected by copyright laws include, but are not limiting to, the following: - Poetry - Prose - Musical Compositions - Computer Programs - Web-Pages - Photographs - Songs - Video Footage

What is Plagiarism?

Plagiarism is using another person's ideas without giving that person proper attribution.

What is the public domain?

Works with no copyright protection are considered to be in the public domain. This includes... (1) U.S. Government Works (2) Works on which copyright has expired (3) Works with no copyright restrictions

What is Fair Use?

The Fair Use Doctrine has been developed from federal copyright law, and provides some limits to an author's exclusive control of a copyrighted work. Section 107 of Title 17 of the United States Code provides that "the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproductin in copies...for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright." This is what is commonly known as the "Fair Use Doctrine." Under the Fair Use Doctrine, using copyrighted material in a classroom without obtaining prior permission from the author may be permissible, but this is not a given. Determining whether your contemplated use is a "fair use," and therefore is not copyright infringement, requires careful consideration of all of the factors relevant to your specific situation. Even in education, not all uses are fair use. When in doubt you should always seek legal counsel or seek permission from the owner of the copyright.

What does it mean to reproduce?

What are my responsibilities as an instructor?

Educate students with information about their rights and responsibilities regarding their own use of course materials.

What are my responsibilities as a student?

What will happen if I get convicted of copyright infrigement?

Copyright Infringement is the act of violating any of a copyright owner's exclusive rights granted by the federal Copyright Act. There are 3 elements that must be in place in order for the infringement to occur (1) The copyright holder must have a valid copyright (2) The person who is allegedly infringing must have access to the copyrighted work. (3) The duplication of the copyrighted work must be outside the exceptions.

How do I know if I have to seek copyright permission?

How do I know if I am an owner of a copyright?

If you have created an original work in a fixed medium you own the copyright to that work.

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