The Netsurfer's Simple Guide To Copyrights

The Netsurfer's Simple Guide to Copyrights distills United States copyright law into five maxims:

 - If you didn't create a written work, art, photograph, or music, or obtain distribution rights to it, you don't own it.

 - If you don't own it, you can't copy or distribute it.

 - The author or owner must explicitly relinquish rights for a work to be placed in the public domain.

 - Fair use allows copying of small portions of a work without the owner's permission, but only for criticism, education, and news reporting.

 - When in doubt, ask for permission to use a work.


For a more granular approach to copyright law, click here  for a full description of US Code 17.


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