The Web and Copyright

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The Web And Copyright

In the internet environment sometimes lines get fuzzy as to what copyright is and how it applies.  It’s important to understand copyrights both so that you are not violating someone else’s work and so that you protect your own work as well.

What you should know about Copyright:

  • Work is protected by copyright as soon as it’s created and is protected for your lifetime plus 70yrs.
  • Once a copyright expires it becomes public domain
  • An idea cannot be copyrighted only the tangible expression of it
  • Copyrighted material can be used under the “fair use” doctrine
  • You can quote limited portions of work and can only publish excerpts, not whole articles.
  • You must ask the authors permission
  • If something looks copyrighted, it is.
  • Copyright is violated by using information, not just by charging for it.

Meanings

Copy- A simple copy of the original work

Modify- To alter copyrighted work in some manner before using it

Derivative Work- The result of modifying copyrighted work to produce new work

Distribute- the act of giving someone your work under a license

Re-Distribute- The act of distributing work and it’s license after obtaining it under license from the original owner.

Share-alike- Permission to distribute derivative work under the same or a similar license

Credit (Attribution)- the act of identifying the original owner

Copyright notice- A written phrase or symbol informing of copyright ownership

Warranty- a written guarantee included with the license.

 

More Information On Copyright-

From Washington State University- The Internet & Copyright

Stanford University- Copyright Protection

U.S. Copyright office

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