411 for creatives
the exclusive legal right, given to an originator or an assignee to print, publish, perform, film, or record literary, artistic, or musical material, and to authorize others to do the same:
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization devoted to expanding the range of creative works available for others to build upon legally and to share.
A creative work is a manifestation of creative effort such as artwork, literature, music, and paintings.
a permit from an authority to own or use something, do a particular thing, or carry on a trade (especially in alcoholic beverages):
take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one's own.
the unauthorized use or reproduction of another's work:
the state of belonging or being available to the public as a whole, and therefore not subject to copyright:
Fair use is a limitation and exception to the exclusive right granted by copyright law to the author of a creative work. In United States copyright law, fair use is a doctrine that permits limited use of copyrighted material without acquiring permission from the rights holders.