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1 Copyright, part 1 (press spacebar to continue) Yes, there will be a test over this!

2 What is Copyright?  It’s a form of protection given to authors or creators of “original works of authorship.”  This could be literature, drama, music, art, poetry or other intellectual works  The copyright holder has rights over anyone else to do certain things with their works…

3 The rights to control who can:  Make and/or distribute copies of the work(s)  Perform the work(s) in public  Display the work(s) in public  Make derivative works

4 Exceptions to copyright (besides Public Domain)  Though it’s illegal to use someone else’s copyrighted material without their permission, there are some exceptions  The doctrine of Fair Use!  However, only under certain circumstances…

5 Fair Use Guidelines  The U.S. Copyright Act states that protected materials can be used without permission for purposes such as  Criticism, Comment  Parody  News Reporting  Teaching  Research

6 Factors considered in court  When a fair use case goes to court, the judge or jury has to consider  The “Purpose” of the use – Commercial or Non-Profit?  The amount and proportion used of the work in question  The effect of the use on the value of the work in question

7 Fair Use links  Most of our information for this lesson on copyright comes from a website,  They share specific examples of court cases involving fair use at tml#fairuse tml#fairuse

8 Permission  Permission to use a copyrighted work is expressed in a License  Copyright holder can issue a License for other individuals or companies to exercise one or more of the holder’s exclusive rights  Example: If I wanted to record my own version of a popular song for my next CD, I’d need a license from the owner

9 What is protected by copyright  Literary works, including software  Music and lyrics  Dramatic works and accompanying music  Choreography  Sculptures, pictures, graphics  Motion Pictures and other audiovisuals  Sound recordings  Architectural works

10 FIXED in tangible form  Fixed forms include…  Paper, Vinyl records, Magnetic Tape, Film  CD, DVD, and other digital formats that can be displayed or heard on a device or with the aid of a machine.  In other words, it can’t just be stored inside the author’s brain!

11 When is copyright assigned?  As soon as the work is fixed in a tangible form  No need to register with the copyright office, though it is a good idea to do so  If I write a song, sing it in public, but never write it down on paper or record it to tape or CD…I don’t yet own the copyrights to it.

12 What’s NOT copyrighted?  Ideas, procedures, systems, methods, discoveries, devices (but written or recorded descriptions or illustrations of such things can be copyrighted)  Titles, names, short phrases, slogans (but some of these can be Trademarked)  Works not in a tangible fixed form  Works consisting entirely of commonly- available information  Works by the U.S. Government

13 The Copyright Police!  There’s no such thing. If you are a copyright holder and you feel your work has been infringed upon, it is up to YOU to initiate litigation.  There are, however, agencies who look for infringers. BMI, ASCAP, SESAC are collection agents for songwriters. They collect money from radio and tv stations as well as private businesses.

14 Copyright Police?  Regarding software, there is the Business Software Alliance. They are authorized to come to a business to confirm reported software piracy. They encourage disgruntled employees to turn in infringing employers.

15 More about Licenses  Synchronization License – allows for a musical composition to be used in a visual work. THIS DOES NOT COVER A SPECIFIC RECORDING OF A SONG  Master Use License - allows for a specific sound recording to be used in a visual work. Usually not granted unless sync license is already obtained.  Examples of this in action?

16 More Licenses….  Performing right (performance rights) – this license allows the work to be performed in public, or over radio/TV. “Public” also means bars, restaurants and even the internet  Mechanical license – needed for including my cover version of someone else’s original song on my CD or DVD which I intend distribute in large numbers

17 A Continuing Saga  Copyright exists, and so now you are aware. Can you infringe upon someone’s copyright and get away with it? Certainly. But some people get caught and pay a heavy price. Since each case is judged on its own merit, your results may vary!

18 Enough for now…  But here are some more handy links for you to look at:  tm tm  faq.html faq.html 

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