Copyright and Fair Use: The Basics

Resources for Basic Copyright Information

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Copyright Policy at the University

Copyright in the United States

COPYRIGHT covers

"Works of Authorship"

including

 Writings (formal and informal), Laboratory notes, Literature, Internet pages, PowerPoint™ slides, computer programs

Music (written or recorded)

Art and most images including photographs and computer generated images 

ARE COVERED BY COPYRIGHT


But it MUST be original and fixed

and it might include some elements (such as data) that is NOT copyrighted

generally for the life of the author + 70 years*


For more details see Circular 92: Copyright Law of the United States
Sections 102 - 104 (Subject matter of copyright)
*Sections 302 - 305 (Duration of copyright)

What is not covered by COPYRIGHT in the United States

Data

Ideas that have not been "fixed"

Presentations that have not been recorded


These should be attributed to the creator or generator even when they have never been written down or plagiarism becomes an issue.


"Works of Authorship"

Inventions == protected by Patent Law

Business and product names == protected by Trademark Law

Trade secrets == protected by contracts and Trade Secret Law

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