Copyright for Crafters
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution
and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed
in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both
published and unpublished works.
Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects
original works of authorship including literary, dramatic,
musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies,
songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does
not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation,
although it may protect the way these things are expressed.
Copyright protects original works of authorship, while a
patent protects inventions or discoveries. Ideas and discoveries
are not protected by the copyright law, although the way in
which they are expressed may be. A trademark protects words,
phrases, symbols, or designs identifying the source of the
goods or services of one party and distinguishing them from
those of others
How much of someone else's work can I use without getting
permission? Under the fair use doctrine of the U.S. copyright
statute, it is permissible to use limited portions of a work
including quotes, for purposes such as commentary, criticism,
news reporting, and scholarly reports. There are no legal
rules permitting the use of a specific number of words, a
certain number of musical notes, or percentage of a work.
Whether a particular use qualifies as fair use depends on
all the circumstances
How much do I have to change in order to claim copyright
in someone else's work? Only the owner of copyright in
a work has the right to prepare, or to authorize someone else
to create, a new version of that work. Accordingly, you cannot
claim copyright to another's work, no matter how much you
change it, unless you have the owner's consent.
Could I be sued for using somebody else's work? How
about quotes or samples? If you use a copyrighted work without
authorization, the owner may be entitled to bring an infringement
action against you. There are circumstances under the fair
use doctrine where a quote or a sample may be used without
permission. For mroe information: http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-fairuse.html
US copyright law website: http://www.copyright.gov/
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