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Legal Resources for Individuals: Copyright

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Copyright

What is Copyright?     Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium expression.  Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. 

What is protected?  Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. 

Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed.     

When is my work protected?   Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in a tangible form.

www.copyright.gov            What is a Copyright?  FindLaw

SVC Copyright

SVC Copyright Officer :
MINDY COSLOR
Directory of Library Services
416-7761

The SVC COPYRIGHT FACULTY GUIDELINES cover 

  • FAIR USE
  • FAIR USE GUIDELINES
  • COURSEPACTS
  • PRESENTATION OF AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS
  • STUDENTS and FACULTY MULTIMEDIA PROJECTS
  • DIGITIZED MATERIALS
  • THE TEACH ACT
  • SOFTWARE LICENSES

Copyright Owners Rights

Copyright protects OWNERS RIGHTS to      

  • Reproduce   
  • Create derivatives    
  • Distribute the work                            
  • Perform and display to the public

Exceptions to OWNERS RIGHTS are limited in scope and number. 

FAIR USE  is a guide to USERS RIGHTS and is comprised of 4 factors which are used to access the big picture

  • Purpose & character of the use
  • Nature of the work used
  • Amount of the work used
  • Effect on the marketplace

Library

Using Copyrighted Materials

The Copyright Clearance Center  enables  academia (faculty,  students, and  researchers),  businesses, and rightsholders to safely publish and share content while ensuring copyright compliance. 

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All Content CC-BY.