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What is Copyright?

Copyright is a Federal regulation, part of the U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8

  • Congress is allowed to pass laws “to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right in their respective writings and discoveries.”
  • Allows congress to adopt both copyright laws (creative expression) and patent laws (inventions)
  • Creates a financial incentive for authors / inventors to continue to contribute and create new works
  • Requires that the rights expire

What are Your Copyrights?

What are your rights? An owner of a copyright can:

  1. Reproduce the copyrighted work in copies;
  2. Prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work;
  3. Distribute copies of the copyrighted work;
  4. Perform the copyrighted work publicly;
  5. Display the copyrighted work publicly; and
  6. Perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

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