Copyright basics


An introduction to copyright law in the United States. Copyright law is territorial, and the significance for a global academic community is addressed. An explanation of the concept of fair use and the nature of fair use defense are also given. The criteria mployed by the judiciary system in addressing fair use claims is explored so that scholars may act accordingly. An overview of the public domain as it relates to digital materials is provided. The Creative Commons project and the implications for digital content presently are explored. Readers are apprised of what constitutes copyrightable material.

Key words


fair use

public domain

Creative Commons

Copyright Term Extension Act

Digital Millennium Copyright ...

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