Very briefly, copyright gives the author of a work the right...
- ...to reproduce the work
- ...to permit copies to be made by others
- ...to prepare derivative works
- ...to display the copyrighted work publicly
Cyndi's List http://www.cyndislist.com/copyrite.htm
According to Dictionary. COM Copyright is defined as:
"The legal right granted to an author, composer, playwright, publisher, or distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work."
|The U.S. copyright law, located in Title 17 of the United States Code, gives criteria for copyright protection. Copyright is a protection for an author of an original work. This work may be graphical, literary, musical, dramatic, and other types of intellectual work. The owner of the work maintains the right to authorize others to reproduce his/her original works. Copyright protects both the published and unpublished work of the author. (http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.html#wci) This website give gives information regarding the use of copyrighted material.|
|In more simplistic terms, the laws of copyright are based upon anyone who creates an original piece of work in which they may at sometime gain a monetary value for that work. Therefore, copyright laws are designed to protect the author to make a profit and control how their work is used. Almost every original work is copyrighted. Authors of works do not have to register or announce copyright protection to have the work copyrighted. All they have to do is produce the work in some form such as written or on the internet.|
|The list below details those few exceptions that are not copyrighted. This list is from the U.S. Copyright Office and includes:
Resources on Copyright
Resources on Copyright Laws
Please consult the following websites for information
regarding copyright and Fair Use.