How To Avoid Copyright Infringement
Ten Tips To Avoid Breaking Copyright Laws
Tip One: Understanding Copyright
Tip Two: Rights of the Copyright Holder
- the right to reproduce the work
- to prepare derivative works
- to distribute copies
- to perform the work
- and to display the work publicly
Tip Three: Know What Is Not Protected
Copyright law does not protect the core ideas of a work and it does not protect facts. In other words, it cannot prevent you from voicing ideas and facts in your own words, even if you read the information in a book or journal. Despite this, you should always give credit where credit is due. Although it might not break any copyright laws, it could still be considered plagiarism.
Tip Four: Understand Public Domain Laws
Tip Five: Do Not Trust The Internet
Tip Six: Assume It Is Protected
In the U.S., it is not mandatory for a work to explicitly say it is copyrighted for it to be protected. It is also unnecessary for copyright to be registered; its purpose is to make compensation in court easier.