What is Copyright? A quick overview from the U.S. Copyright Office. This video is closed captioned and 5 minutes long.
Copyright protects the expression of an idea,
Copyright holders have some exclusive rights:
Copyright Administration Regulations:
The Maricopa Community Colleges District has a policy page on copyright.
Copyright does not cover non-creative or non-tangible items, including ideas, concepts, methods, recipes, or names.
Copyright is automatically granted and no registration is needed.
What does all of this mean to you? It's a reminder that just because you find something free on the web doesn't mean it's free to use without permission! In fact, violation of copyright can result in a variety of consequences ranging from a poor reputation to a lawsuit.
There are some situations that allow you to use content without first asking permission. This page gives a brief overview of Fair Use, Public Performance Rights, Public Domain, Creative Commons, OER and the TEACH Act.
Many myths about copyright are floating around out there. Here are a few of those myths, and links to some more information from the library at California State University, Long Beach and the library at Lane Community College, as well as summaries of fair use cases.