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Copyright

The third type of Intellectual property is a copyright.  Copyright covers both published and unpublished works, existing from the moment a work is created and fixed in a tangible form. 

Copyright does not protect ideas, only their expression or fixation.  Things that can be copyrighted include books, music, photographs, movies, computer programs, works of art and architecture. 

U.S. copyright law is based on English Common Law and statutory law.   Copyright protection original resided with the publisher/printer but in the early eighteenth century this changed, and the modern practice of the copyright being held by the author began. 

In the United States, copyrights can be registered with the Library of Congress. 

In general in the United States, a copyright for most items ends 70 years after the death of the creator. 

There is currently no such thing as an International Copyright, although many countries do offer limited protection to another's under assorted treaties, etc.  The U.S. is a signatory of the two principal international copyright conventions, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Berne Convention) and the Universal Copyright Convention (UCC), and assorted bilateral agreements between the United States and other countries.  There are still spots in the world where there is little or no copyright protection.


Copyright Registration

How Do I...? (Library of Congress. U.S. Copyright Office) U.S. Copyright Office's homepage with links to copyright registration forms, copyright law, copyright research, etc.


Copyright Basics

Copyright Crash Course. (University of Texas.  University of Texas Libraries) Overview of the topic.

Copyright Basics. (The Ohio State University. OSU Libraries. Copyright Resource Center) Overview of the topic, including material on what is considered "public domain".

Copyright Basics. (Library of Congress. U.S. Copyright Office) Overview of copyright, including information registration, notice, transfer of copyright, and other information on the topic.

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Fair Use

Copyright Crash Course - Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials. (University of Texas. University of Texas Libraries) Quick overview of the topic including the four factors involved in determining fair use.

More Information on Fair Use. (Library of Congress. U.S. Copyright Office) Four factors involved in determining fair use.

Fair Use.  (Library of Congress. U.S. Copyright Office) Overview of the topic.

Fair Use. (The Ohio State University. OSU Libraries. Copyright Resources Center) Overview of topic, includes short video and resources.


Plagiarism/Citation

How to Attribute a Creative Commons Licensed Work. (The Ohio State University. OSU Libraries. Copyright Resources Center) Information on the different types of Creative Commons Licenses, creating and using Creative Common Licensed materials, etc.

Plagiarism (The Ohio State University. Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, OSU). Overview of what is plagiarism.

Plagiarism. (The Ohio State University. OSU Libraries. Copyright Resources Center)  Overview of the topic, discussion of the differences between copyright infringement and plagiarism, including resources.

What's the Difference Between Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement? (The Ohio State University. OSU Libraries. Copyright Resources Center) Two page handout about the differences between plagiarism and copyright infringement.


Further Reading

Copyright. (Digital Media Law Project)

Copyright. (The Free Dictionary by Farlex)

Copyright & Fair Use. (Stanford University. Stanford University Libraries)

Copyright Quick Guide.  (Columbia UniversityColumbia University Libraries. Copyright Advisory Office)

Copyright Resources Center.  (The Ohio State University. OSU Libraries. Copyright Resources Center)

Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright. (Library of Congress. U.S. Copyright Office)

International Copyright Relations of the United States. (Library of Congress. U.S. Copyright Office)

Patents, Copyright and Intellectual Property - Copyright/Intellectual Property. (University of Chicago. The University of Chicago Library)

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