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Copyright Best Practices

Can I use this information?


Created by Mrs. Humphreville 6th Grade

Copyright is a form of legal protection automatically provided to the authors of original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works. (Copyright protects fixed expressions of ideas) U.S. copyright law generally gives the author/creator or owner of an original creative work an exclusive right to:

(Violation of one of these rights is called copyright infringement.)

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Works protected by Copyright:

Literary works Music and lyrics Dramatic works and music Pantomimes and choreographic works Photographs, graphics, paintings and sculptural works Motion pictures and other audiovisual works Video games and computer software Audio recordings Architectural works

Plagiarism is concerned with the protection of ideas. Plagiarism is the act of misrepresenting the ownership of an idea. In school, it means passing off someone else's ideas as your own in a research paper or other academic work. Plagiarism is wrong, dishonest, and can lead to serious negative consequences in any school or professional setting. One way to avoid plagiarism is to properly cite your sources!

Creative Commons: works may be used without permission, but only under certain circumstances. (Creators set rules for the way their works can be used)

Public Domain: work can be used, adapted, copied, and published completely without restrictions. No permission needed! (works published prior to 1923, works by deceased authors, and works placed in Public Domain can be used)

Fair use is one of the key tools of journalism. This is the right to access copyrighted material without permission or payment, when the user isnt just using the material for its original purpose but adding cultural value in some way and using the amount necessary to add that cultural value. Fair Use allows the public to use portions of copyrighted work without permission from the copyright owner.

References: http://www.teachingcopyright.org/handout/copyright-faq http://willakoerner.com/2013/10/02/copyrightsocial-media-faqs-defining-best-practices-for-museums/