CopyRight or Wrong?

Following Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines

What is copyright?

Copyright is the rights automatically given to someone who creates something. Whether it's a book, a song, a picture, a blog post, a movie, or something else, there is an owner who holds the rights to it. That means that you can't legally copy it, or take it and claim it as your own. You especially can't sell it or use it in any way that you can profit financially from it. If you want to make use of something that someone else created, you have to ask their permission first.

What about Fair Use?

Fair Use is the ability to use small amounts of a protected work for educational purposes, without having to ask permission first. You cannot profit off of the use.

Watch this video from Common Sense Media on Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright and Fair Use Animation

Fair Use Facts

1. Purpose

Why you're using it is an important part of determining whether it's Fair Use or Copyright Infringement. Was it for educational purposes, criticism, news reporting, parody, or are you transforming it into something new and different?

2. Nature

What kind of material are you borrowing? Was it a published work that is important to your educational objectives? It might not be fair use if you're borrowing fictional or other highly creative works. Fair use favors facts!

3. Amount

How much of the work do you really need to use in order to make your point? A small amount which is not significant to the entire work is Fair Use.

4. Effect

Could your use of this work cause any financial loss to the owner? Are you making their protected work accessible on the Internet? Are you making copies of books or CDs instead purchasing them? This isn't Fair Use, it's copyright infringement.

Think you know your stuff? Take this Copyright Kids Quiz and test your knowledge!

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