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Intellectual Property and Copyright Law
Based on the United States Copyright Office, the Copyright law is defined in these terms: "Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. Works of authorship include the following categories: (1) literary works; (2) musical works, including any accompanying words; (3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music; (4) pantomimes and choreographic works; (5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works; motion pictures and other audiovisual works; (7) sound recordings; and (8) architectural works." (http://copyright.gov/title17/)
"Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses—such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research—as examples of activities that may qualify as fair use." Definition taken from the Copyright.gov site
Creative Commons Licensing
"[O]pen source non-profit groups like Creative Commons are providing tools to artists, songwriters, and authors, etc., to protect their works while allowing fair use. Creative Commons licensed works encourage users to share the work as long as credit is given to the creator. This is how they prevent theft of creative works." Definition taken from the Copyright.gov site