Copyright

Rules for Responsible Digital Citizens - Alex Yeatts 4/18/15

What is Copyright?

A form of protection based on the U.S. Constitution and granted legally to authors of original, tangible works. Copyright protects both published and unpublished works. Copyright law protects the works of authors, artists, composers, and others from being used without permission.

What is Intellectual Property?

Any creations of the mind (as opposed to facts), including music, literature, other artistic works, inventions, discoveries, words, phrases, and designs. There may be one or more original authors who own this work.

What is Fair Use?

An exception to copyright law for educational and socially useful activities including teaching, research, criticism, commentary, parody, criticism, etc. Careful, you cannot assume all educational use is fair use.
Copyright and Fair Use

What is Public Domain?

A creative work that is not protected under copyright law and may be used by everyone. The reason a work is not protected could be: 1. the copyright term expired, 2. the author failed to satisfy legal formalities to implement the copyright, or 3. the work is a work of the U.S. government.

What is Creative Commons licensing?

It streamlines how an author gives permission to the public to use his work, allowing the author to give permission for his work to be used as long as he is acknowledged, for example.
Creative Commons Kiwi (Sub Español)

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