Protects works of “intellectual property” -- creative expressions of ideas in fixed symbolic form.
Books Movies Music Paintings Photographs Images Websites Videogames Performances Architecture Software More
make copies distribute copies perform the work publicly display the work publicly make derivative works
A copyright lasts for life plus 70 years for individuals creating anything on or after 1978. A copyright lasts for 95 years for corporate authors after publication (120 years after creation if not published) for anything created on or after 1978. A copyright lasts for 95 years on works created before 1978 and after 1923.
Copyright is automatic when the work is “fixed”… No longer just an idea, but in some tangible form such as written down or saved in a digital format.
You have permission Public Domain Fair Use
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Authors can put their work in the Public Domain or Creative Commons License US Federal Works (The Government search engine FirstGov http://www.firstgov.gov/ indexes public domain government info)http://www.firstgov.gov/ Most works published prior to 1923 see Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org http://www.gutenberg.org
Licenses – Creators can retain copyright but allow people to use content under certain terms. For example, letting schools use content for free and without permission. Open License – Others can use but must credit original source. Further, any version that others create must also have the open license and be useable by others as well. http://www.teenangels.org/video_animation/4ps_piracy.html
VocabularyDefinition Freeware (Open Office, Mozilla) Software that is distributed and may be redistributed without charge by its users. However, ownership is retained by the developer who may change future releases from freeware to a paid product. SharewareCopyrighted software that is available free of charge on a trial basis, usually with the condition that users pay a fee for continued use and support. Open Source (Linux) Software whose source code is published and made available to the public, enabling anyone to copy, modify and redistribute the source code without paying royalties or fees. Open source code evolves through community cooperation. Public DomainThe status of publications, products, software, and processes that are not protected under patent or copyright. All Rights ReservedThe holder of a copyright reserves the sole right to publish a work, and is entitled to take legal action against infringement.