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1 How well do you know your copyright laws?
Copyright Quiz How well do you know your copyright laws?

2 Question 1 Copyright status is only granted to well-known authors and filmmakers. False. Copyright is granted to anyone who records an original creative work in a fixed, tangible form.

3 Question 2 Sam buys a new band's CD but decides he doesn't like the singer, so he resells the CD on eBay. That's legal. True. Reselling a CD that you bought is legal according to the First Sale Doctrine.

4 Question 3 The sole purpose of copyright is to make authors money and protect them from getting their works stolen. False. Copyright was established to encourage the growth of science, education, and the arts.

5 Question 4 Amy tells Daniel about her summer vacation, and he says he'd love to see her pictures. Amy uses a peer-to-peer (P2P) file-sharing program to upload the photographs she took at camp so he can download them. That's copyright infringement. False. Sharing your own original work using peer-to-peer file-sharing technology is legal.

6 Question 5 Amy tells Daniel that the files are available. Daniel uses the same peer-to-peer file-sharing program to download Amy's camp pictures. That's copyright infringement. False. Amy took the pictures, so she's the copyright holder, and she's given Daniel permission to download.

7 Question 6 Jason copies the entire last chapter from the final Harry Potter book to his commercial blog without any additional commentary. Since he only used part of the work, Jason would be protected by fair use. False. Given the amount and significance of the portion Jason has taken, the commercial benefit he would receive, and the likely harm to the market for the Harry Potter book, a court would be unlikely to view his use as a fair use.

8 Question 7 Kathy downloaded a few photos of local organic farms from's Creative Commons (CC) pool. She follows the rules of the photographer's specific CC license and uses them in her digital video about sustainable agriculture. That's OK. True. Kathy can legally use the photos as long as she follows the rules of the license.

9 Question 8 Dwight finds a peer-to-peer (P2P) network that offers free music downloads. He owns all but one of his favorite band's CDs, and he finds that particular CD on the network. He's too cheap to buy it, so he downloads the songs. He's not committing copyright infringement. False. Unless Dwight has permission from the copyright holders (band/publisher/songwriter etc.) it would be copyright infringement.

10 Question 9 Paula read an interesting article about the making of the film Titanic and wants to use a short quote in her cinema review paper for journalism class. That's copyright infringement. False. Since she's using a short quotation for the purpose of scholastic commentary, it would be fair use.

11 Question 10 The Public Domain is a polar research station in Antarctica. False! Public Domain refers to works that are not subject to copyright restrictions, so they are free to use. Public domain material can include works that are not copyrightable, are designated for free and unlimited public access by the creator, or are no longer protected by copyright law because the copyright status has expired or been forfeited by the owner.

12 Question 11 Adam recorded a video for his YouTube channel about the upcoming Senate elections and includes an official photo taken by a government employee and four bills authored by the incumbent that Adam found on the Senate's website. That's copyright infringement. False. Works produced by the U.S. government, or any U.S. government agency, are in the public domain. The texts of legal cases and statutes produced by the federal government are also in the public domain.

13 Question 12 Justin downloaded the black-and-white horror classic Night of the Living Dead from the Internet Archive and decided to mix an audio sample from the film into one of his original songs. That's copyright infringement. False. The copyright for Night of the Living Dead is part of the wonderful wealth of the public domain. Justin is free to be as creative as he wants with public domain material.

14 Question 13 Since Richard forgot to register his screenplay before he sent it out to agents for review, he's no longer eligible to copyright it. False. Copyright protection is automatic once your original work is in a fixed, tangible form.

15 Question 14 If I print, copy, and distribute material from the Internet I am not violating the copyright law. False. According to the copyright law, an individual has to obtain permission from the owner of the "original works" if he or she is interested in copying, altering, and/or distributing information collected from the Internet.

16 Question 15 If an article on-line doesn't have the copyright symbol, then it is not consider copyrighted material. False. This was true until the revision of the 1989 copyright law, which states that it is not necessary to indicate a copyright symbol and/or statement on "original works" in order for it to be protected by copyright law.

17 Question 16 The copyright law protects an on-line web page document. True. Copyright protects original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. An on-line web page is considered a tangible form.

18 Question 17 messages that are posted on- line aren't considered copyrighted material. False. Copyright protects original works of authorship that are fixed in a tangible form of expression. is consider original work.

19 Question 18 Items on-line that aren't considered original work are blank forms, short phrases, names, titles, facts, and ideas. True. Original "non-copyrighted" ideas, facts, titles, names, short phrases and blank forms are not consider copyrighted material.

20 Question 19 It is legal to use a small portion of copyrighted material for education purposes. True. It is legal to use a small portion or copyrighted material for educational purposes such as teaching materials, media projects and/or research documents and non- educational purposes. Including material used for a discussion piece or comment section. (Fair Use).

21 Question 20 It is illegal to scan images out of a book or magazine to one's web site. True. You can't freely scan images from a book or magazine. You can however scan your own photograph or images you have created to your web site.

22 Question 21 Individuals, who are affiliated with an education institution aren't allowed to use copyrighted text material or motion media from the Internet without obtaining permission from the owner. False. An educator or student can use 10% or 1000 words (smallest of the two) of text material and 10% or 3 minutes (smallest of the two) for motion media works without obtaining permission from the copyright owner.

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