This guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.
Please keep in mind - Ignorance of the law is not a defense!
You are responsible for understanding and working within the boundaries of copyright laws.
Protects "original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works fixed in any tangible means of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced or otherwise communicated directly or with the aid of a machine or device."
Excerpt from U.S. Copyright Act, U.S. Code, Title 17, Chapter 1, Sect. 102
A work is protected under copyright from the moment it becomes fixed in a tangible medium. However, it is important to know that not everything is copyrightable. The law has defined 8 categories that works can fall under in order to be eligible for copyright protection:
The owner of a copyrighted work is granted the exclusive permission to:
*LibGuide box informaton retrieved from "Copyright for Educators," Humboldt State University, 2014.
Although the categories eligible for copyright protection are intentionally vague in order to afford a level of flexibility for future mediums, there are a few instances were copyright laws do not apply:
*LibGuide box Information retrieved from "Copyright for Educators," Humboldt State University, 2014.