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Intellectual Property: Attribution and Copyright

Overview

Copyright Infringement in the Real World

 

And Sooooooo many other examples!

Copyright and Fair Use -change

In general, students learn more about citation and plagiarism than they do about copyright. This is because of the doctrine of Fair Use, which is generally held to cover most student work from being sued for copyright infringement. However, even for student work, issues of permission have to be considered.

Use of copyrighted materials for commercial use (making money of it) can sometimes fall under Fair Use, but its harder to make a case for it.

Finding Works you can use: Getting Permission

Finding Works You Can Use: Creative Commons

Finding Works You can Use: The Public Domain

What is the Public Domain? And Why is 2019 Significant?

•In 1998 the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act extended copyright terms so that copyright of authorized works (books, short stories, scholarly articles, newspaper and magazine articles, plays, movies, poems, artworks, ads, etc.) was extended significantly for authors and corporate authors.           #MickeyMouse
•This created a 20-year period (1998-2018) where no copyrighted works came into the public domain unless it was granted by the rights-holder (not necessarily the author/creator).
•On January 1, 2019, copyrighted works published in 1923 came into the public domain. On 1/1/20, it will be works published in 1924 and so on, until 2073. (Note: Some works published between 1923 and 1963 are already out of copyright because the rights-holder did not have copyright renewed under provisions of previous law.  There are databases via Stanford & Duke where you can check on this)

After January 1, 2074, all works will become public domain 70 years after the death of the rights-holder, 120 years for a corporate author.

 

What Can You Do with Works in the Public Domain?

An example: The Public Domain Review

 

Where Can you Find RPublic Domain Resources?

•WSU is a member of the HathiTrust Digital Library – you can find items published in 1923 in the new “1923 Collection -- and much more. This includes magazines like The Strand (Sherlock Holmes & other British stuff), The Atlantic, Harpers, and much more!
•The 1923 Collection: https://bit.ly/2GU6VcL or via Search It (be sure to log in with your WSU account to get full viewing/download access)
•The Internet Archive – 1923 date filter: https://archive.org/search.php?query=date:1923
•Project Gutenberg (No 1923 filter) https://www.gutenberg.org/
•Google Books (No 1923 filter) - https://books.google.com

 

Learn more about the public domain at Duke Univ.’s Center for the Study of the Public Domain: https://law.duke.edu/cspd/

Intellectual Property Resources (Citation and Copyright)

Copyright and Fair Use

In general, students learn more about citation and plagiarism than they do about copyright. This is because of the doctrine of Fair Use, which is generally held to cover most student work from being sued for copyright infringement. However, even for student work, issues of permission have to be considered.

Use of copyrighted materials for commercial use (making money of it) can sometimes fall under Fair Use, but its harder to make a case for it.

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