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Copyright and Fair Use: What does Copyright Cover?

Copy Rights for Faculty

  • Know Your Copy Rights  
      
     
      
    Among the topics covered in the brochure are: fair use, the advantage of linking to instead of copying works, and special provisions for displaying or performing works in classes. The brochure also includes a one-page chart that highlights 24 situations when various categories of works can be used.

Relevent U.S. Code

Who Owns Copyright to a Work?

Copyright Clearance Center: Copyright Education Series Foundations Workbook 2006.

What is Protected?

Under 17 USCS section 102 the following is protected:

  • Literature
  • Music and lyrics
  • Drama
  • Pantomime and dance
    Pictures, graphics, sculpture
  • Films
  • Sound Recordings
  • Architecture
  • Software

"In no case does copyright protection for an original work of authorship extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, method of operation, concept, principle, or discovery, regardless of the form in which it is described, explained, illustrated, or embodied in such work."

(U.S. Copyright Office)

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