Copyright is Important

After searching for information regarding copyright, I am going to focus on why it is important for teachers to understand copyright. Teachers often use materials and lesson plan ideas from searching the web. It is important for teachers to understand how to properly credit the original authors for their work. If teachers understand the importance of copyright rules they will be able to pass the knowledge on to their students. This way everyone can share information and ideas without losing credit. The following information was gathered from Auburn.Edu website which focuses on digital citizenship.

What is copyright?

According to the U.S. Copyright Office, 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 Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.” Under the law, the individual or entity that owns the copyright of a work has the following rights:

– Reproduction: Making copies
– Adaptation: Changing a work in some way
– Distribution: Giving the work to others
– Public Performance: Playing/performing a work in front of others
– Public Display:Displaying a work for others to view
– Digital Transmission of Sound Recordings: Capturing audio files on the internet
and burning CDs/file sharing

Items in public domain

An item is in public domain when it is no longer protected by copyright because of the age of the work (created before January 21, 1923), or it did not meet copyright requirements to begin with. These items may be used freely without permission from the author.

What does copyright protect?

Copyright protects original works of authorship including literary works (including computer software and compilations), music, dramatic works, pantomimes, choreographic work, pictorial, graphic, and sculpture works (such as maps and blueprints), motion pictures and other audio/visual works, sound recordings, and architecture.

What cannot be copyrighted?

– Ideas or facts in the public domain.
– Words, names, slogans, or other short phrases
– Government works or works created by federal government employees as part of their
official responsibility.

The following video further explains what copyright is, what can and cannot be copyrighted, and why is copyright important.

Further questions can be answered by exploring the FAQ section of the website provided.


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