Author:
Rachel Miles
Subject:
Law
Material Type:
Module
Level:
College / Upper Division, Graduate / Professional
Tags:
Copyright, Creative Commons, Creativity, Fair Use, Intellectual Property, Public Domain, Scholarly Communication Notebook
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Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
Language:
English
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Downloadable docs, Graphics/Photos, Interactive, Text/HTML, Video

U.S. Copyright Basics Tutorial

U.S. Copyright Basics Tutorial

Overview

This lesson introduces you to the basics of U.S. copyright protection. Copyright is a form of legal protection that allows authors and other creators to control their original, creative work.

By the end, you will be able to distinguish between what qualifies for copyright protection and what does not, as well as define basic copyright terms such as public domain and derivative.

The content in this lesson is organized using the 6 Ws, outlined below:

Why does copyright protection exist?

Whose work is protected by copyright?

What can copyright holders do with their copyrights?

Which works can be protected by copyright?

When is a work protected by copyright?

Where are copyrighted works protected?

Section 1

This lesson introduces you to the basics of U.S. copyright protection. Copyright is a form of legal protection that allows authors and other creators to control their original, creative work.

By the end, you will be able to distinguish between what qualifies for copyright protection and what does not, as well as define basic copyright terms such as public domain and derivative.

The content in this lesson is organized using the 6 Ws, outlined below:

Why does copyright protection exist?

Whose work is protected by copyright?

What can copyright holders do with their copyrights?

Which works can be protected by copyright?

When is a work protected by copyright?

Where are copyrighted works protected?