Middle School Guidelines
What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection given to the author or creator of "original works of authorship."
It is illegal for anyone to do the following without the author or creator's permission.
- make copies
- distribute copies
- perform work publicly (such as music, plays, dances, etc.)
- display work publicly (such as television, internet, artwork, etc.)
Why should you care about copyright?
What's protected by copyright?
- literary works (books, poems, reports, brochures, online works, games, computer programs)
- musical compositions and sound recordings
- pictorial and graphic works
- motion pictures
- choreographic works
- ideas, procedures, concepts, and discoveries
- titles, names, short phrases
- works that are not fixed in a tangible form (improvised speeches and performances)
- works by the US government
Work does not have to registered or contain the copyright symbol to be protected.
Fair Use Guidelines
The following factors must be considered-
the purpose and character of the use-should be educational or non-profit
the nature of the copyrighted work-should be factual and unpublished
the amount and substantiality of the portion used-can use small amounts but not all of it
the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work-does not affect the profit of the owner