Copyright is a bundle of rights that includes the right to copy, distribute, publish, perform, and display a work, as well as to prepare derivative works. Copyright is set forth in the U.S. Constitution to “promote the progress of science and the useful arts” by giving authors control over their works for a limited time. Federal copyright laws have been enacted in 17 U.S. Code §101 et seq.
If it is written, spoken, recorded, broadcast, painted, sculpted, sung, drawn, programmed, or on-line, it is probably protected by COPYRIGHT!
Even in an academic setting, our use of copyrighted material is strictly limited by federal statutes. Each individual user is responsible for his / her own use of copyrighted material. To learn more about copyright visit the pages on Basics, Fair Use, Using Materials, and Resources. .
This website presents information about copyright law. The LRC make every effort to assure the accuracy of this information but does not offer it as counsel or legal advice. Consult an attorney for advice concerning your specific situation.