Copyright and Fair Use

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Copyright and Fair Use by Mind Map: Copyright and Fair Use

1. Copyright

1.1. US Copyright Law

1.2. Copyright exists the moment a work was created and does not need to be applied for

1.3. Definition: a form of protection for original works

1.4. Us Copyright Laws do extend to some other countries, but not all.

2. Fair Use

2.1. Definition: the doctrine that brief excerpts of copyright material may, under certain circumstances, be quoted verbatim for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching, and research, without the need for permission from or payment to the copyright holder.

2.2. Exists under Copyright Law

2.3. Four Factors of Fair Use

2.3.1. 1. the purpose and character of your use. 2. the nature of the copyrighted work. 3. the amount and substantiality of the portion taken 4. the effect of the use upon the potential market.

3. Creative Commons


3.2. Definition: one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted "work". A CC license is used when an author wants to give other people the right to share, use, and build upon a work that they (the author) have created.

3.3. is a site with images that has a CC license

3.4. Creative Commons falls under the Fair Use policies, within US Copyright Laws

4. Public Domain

4.1. Definition: The public domain consists of all the creative work to which no exclusive intellectual property rights apply. Those rights may have expired, been forfeited, expressly waived, or may be inapplicable.

4.2. Public Domain does not fall under the Copyright Laws. Works published prior to 1923 are part of the Public Domain.

4.3. Link to a more in-depth discussion (with resources)