Copyright

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What is Copyright?

It’s a way for the author of creative works to claim ownership and assert legal rights. For example, Walt Disney Company owns the rights to characters such as a certain mouse, meaning if you want to use images of that mouse, you have to get permission from Walt Disney Company.

Why Should I Care About Copyright?

With limited exceptions, if you copy, reproduce or otherwise use someone else’s copyrighted work without their permission, you have broken the law.

How Do I Know If Something Is Copyrighted?

Under the 1976 Copyright Act, the moment an author of a work puts it in “fixed form”, legal protection exists. This applies to published as well as unpublished works. Some things, such as titles and ideas, cannot be copyrighted.

How Can I Get More Information?

Click here to visit the U.S. Copyright Office (clicking the link will open a new browser window).