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According to current guidelines, every work that is found on the Internet is copyrighted by its author, whether a declaration of copyright is explicitly stated or not. Copyright protects the original works of authors, artists, and composers from being reproduced, performed, or disseminated by others without permission. This protection is available for both published and unpublished works.

There has been much discussion about what is legal and ethical regarding copyright and using works created by others. Copyright laws for the electronic dissemination of information are still evolving, and most educators and students are unclear about their rights and responsibilities. The situation becomes even more murky when we want to share the hypermedia stacks with other educators via the Internet and the World Wide Web.

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Copyright Frequently Asked Questions

These are questions that are being asked as technology becomes more popular and easier to use by many people including teachers and students.

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What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship" including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Copyright law, simply stated, means that legally one is not allowed to take someone else's words, graphics, video, or any other type of media and use it for their own purposes.

When a work is created in fixed form it immediately becomes the property of the author who created it. For example, a graphic is protected as soon as the file is saved to disk. Under these guidelines, this Web page, like all Web pages, is protected by Copyright Law as soon as it is created. Most of the items that you are likely to encounter on the Internet are copyright protected, including the text of web pages,ASCII text documents, contents of email messages, sound files, graphics files, and computer programs.

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What are the rights of a copyright owner?

Simply stated, this means that the copyright owner has the exclusive right to decide who may use the work. If you want to use someone else's work, you must first gain permission from the copyright owner.

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What is meant by educational fair use?

Educational fair use implies that it is permissible to use portions of copyrighted work for educational purposes in a self-contained classroom. However, when material is available on the Internet, it is no longer in a self-contained classroom. This is when the fair use guidelines become unclear since it is often difficult to determine ownership of materials found on the Web.

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How does Archive.edu prevent copyright infringement?

Archive.edu is a location where educators will find shareable materials that are for non-commercial use. Every user has full permission to download any of the materials to be used as they are, customized, or incorporated into other instructional projects.

The owners of materials found on this Web site (which are copyrighted) have given permission for these materials to be used for non-commercial, educational purposes. No additional permission is necessary to use or modify these resources. Credit to these authors should be acknowledged.

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More Information About Copyright

A great number of Web sites are available that deal with the issues related to copyright and intellectual property.

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