Copyright Laws

Copyright Laws for Technology Use

Simplifying Copyright

If you didn't create it, then you have to give credit where credit is due. If it is copied and pasted then you have to cite the reference. This includes videos, graphics, audio files, animations, written works, podcasts, and clipart.

Fair Use

Section 107 of the US Copyright Law addresses the Fair Use Act. "Section 107 contains a list of the various purposes for which the reproduction of a particular work may be considered fair. These four factors are:
  1. The purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
  2. The nature of the copyrighted work
  3. The amount and substantiation of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  4. The effect of the use upon the potential market for, or value of, the copyrighted work (Copyright, 2012)

Copyright Uses

Original Works of Authorship

  • Literary works
  • Musical work including any accompanying words
  • Dramatic works including any accompanying music
  • Pantomimes and choreographic works
  • Pictorial, graphic and sculptural work
  • Motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  • Sound recordings
  • Architectural works


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Copyright Basics

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