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Copyright basics
Last Updated: Oct 8, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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U.S. Copyright Office

Public Domain Movies

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FKCC Copyright Guidelines (pdf)


Quick Tips

Did You Know?

Copyright material includes text, music, videos, games, movies, & software.


The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act was signed by President Bush on November 2, 2002.


Making a work available on the Internet does not change its copyright status. You should assume that a work is copyrighted unless a clear statement to the contrary is made.

10 Copyright Myths

Copyright Misconceptions - each of these items are FALSE!

Myth #1: “To obtain a copyright on my work, I have to register it.”

Myth #2: “If it doesn’t have a copyright notice, it’s not copyrighted.”

Myth #3: “It is legal to copy a work as long as I give the author full credit.”

Myth #4: “If I don’t charge for the work, it’s not a copyright violation.”

Myth #5: “Anything on the Internet is in the public domain.”

Myth #6: “Unless I copy the whole work, it is ‘fair use’ and thus not a violation of copyright.”

Myth #7: “I may use characters from other writers as long as my story is original.”

Myth #8: “Anything mailed or e-mailed to me becomes my property.”

Myth #9: “Song lyrics aren’t protected by copyright.”

Myth #10: “If the copyright holder didn’t register their copyright, I can’t be sued.”


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