Copyright is actually a bundle of rights. These rights include rights reserved to the owner as follows:
Because these rights are imagined as a bundle, the owner of the copyright can give away, sell, or otherwise license some or all of these rights to others (e.g., when an author negotiates a contract, s/he may give the publisher the right to copy and distribute the work but not to make future derivative works, for instance).
Copyright only applies to the following kinds of works:
This list encompasses most kinds of creative or intellectual expression. Works must also be "fixed in a tangible medium of expression" in order to be subject to copyright protection. Unfixed works like improvised music, speeches, or dances are not protected by copyright.
Remember: copyright is not designed to reward hard work but, rather, to foster creativity. Works that took a lot of effort to put together but that don't contain original expression do not qualify for copyright protection.
All College employees and students are required to comply with the Federal Copyright Act of 1976, as amended, 17 U.S.C. 101 et seq., in all activities related to instruction, research and study at the College. The College will maintain procedures and guidelines to assist employees and students with the understanding the parameters of such compliance. Any employee or student who violates the Copyright Act is solely liable for such action.
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Legal Disclaimer: The information provided in this guide is for general reference purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice of any kind. If you require advice in relation to any specific copyright issues, you should consult an appropriate legal professional about your particular situation.
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