Copyright and Fair Use

Briefly describe copyright, public domain, and fair use. Provide a unique example of fair use. Provide an example of when copyright would be violated. Be sure not to duplicate an example that is already posted by one of your classmates.

Copyright

Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.

Public Domain

Public domain works are not restricted by copyright and do not require a license or fee to use. Public domain status allows the user unrestricted access and unlimited creativity!

Fair Use

The Copyright Act gives copyright holders the exclusive right to reproduce works for a limited time period. Fair use is a limitation on this right. Fair use allows people other than the copyright owner to copy part or, in some circumstances, all of a copyrighted work, even where the copyright holder has not given permission or objects.

Example of Copyright and Fair Use

The most obvious examples of works that are protected by copyright are, of course, text, books, art, music and photos. An example of a Fair Use is quotation of short passages in a scholarly or technical work for illustration or clarification of the author’s observations.