411 For Creators


the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 50 years after his or her death.

Creative Commons

  1. 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. Wikipedia

Creative Work

  1. A creative work is a manifestation of creative effort including but not limited to artwork, literature, music, and paintings. Creative works have in common a degree of arbitrariness, such that it is improbable that two people would independently create the same work.


formal permission from a governmental or other constituted authority to do something, as to carry on some business or profession.


take (the work or an idea of someone else) and pass it off as one's own.

synonyms:copy, infringe the copyright of, pirate, steal, poach, appropriate;


the unauthorized reproduction or use of a copyrighted book, recording, television program, patented invention, trademarked product, etc.

Public Domain

the status of a literary work or an invention whose copyright or patent has expired or that never had such protection

Fair Use

  1. (in US copyright law) the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder