Respecting Others Creations
Copyright, Fair Use, and Legal Compliance
Copyright protects people's original work, so that others cannot steal it and say it is their own. A copyright lasts 70 years after the author or creator dies, it then becomes public domain. Using copyrighted work, saying it is yours, can result in a fine, and time in prison. A first-time infringement of copyright can result in a $250,000 fine, and five years in prison. If a person is caught a second time they can get another fine of $250,000 and 10 years in prison.
There are certain times where you can use copyrighted work without the permission of the creator, this is called fair use. Their are factors you must weigh before deciding it is fair use: the purpose of using it, the nature of the copyrighted work, the amount used, how it effects the copyrighted work.