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Some of the most common and important themes surrounding copyright
Get started on understanding copyright.
Copyright Defined What it is and the significance of the author versus the owner
What Can Be Copyrighted A few explicit examples according to US Copyright Law
Copyright Protection Obtaining it is a lot less complex than you think.
Copyright Registration Not required, but valuable
A provision for using a work with reduced concern of infringement
Fair Use Defined What it is and why to care
Examples of Fair Use What US Copyright Law details
The Four Factors Figuring out what might be fair beyond the details
Using the Four Factors Ways to think about application
Fair Use Guidelines There are no bright lines between legal and illegal no matter what some might say
Works that aren't under any copyright protection
Public Domain Defined What it is and why to care
What is in the Public Domain? Examples for deepening understanding
What is Not in the Public Domain? Equally important for avoiding misunderstanding
Finding Public Domain Works Ways to make more of this type of work
What copyright protection looks like across borders
Basics There's really no such thing as international copyright law, but...
The Berne Convention One of the most important international copyright treaties
The Copyright Desk
The Four Factors
MLA Style (Modern Language Association, 8th ed.)
Example “Public Domain.” The Copyright Desk. Arcadia University, 2020, https://www.arcadia.edu/landman-library/services/copyright/public-domain. Accessed 1 Sept. 2020.
Learn more Purdue Online Writing Lab [OWL]. MLA Works Cited: Electronic Sources (Web Publications). Purdue University.
APA Style (American Psychological Association, 7th ed.)
Example The Copyright Desk. (2020). Public Domain. Arcadia University. Retrieved September 1, 2020, from https://www.arcadia.edu/landman-library/services/copyright/public-domain
Learn more Purdue Online Writing Lab [OWL]. Reference List: Electronic Sources [APA]. Purdue University.
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