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Copyright: What is Copyright

A basic guide to Copyright Laws.

What is Copyright

Copyright is the protection granted to an author of a work to govern how his/her work will be reproduced, distributed, displayed, and/or preformed.  Copyright is limited to works that are presented in any tangible method of expression.  Works that are covered by copyright include, but are not limited to:

  • Printed material
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Sound Recordings
  • Video
  • Databases
  • Illustrations
  • Photos
  • Graphics
  • Play


  • Just because it’s on the Internet does NOT mean that it’s free to use! Copyright still applies and the copyright holder’s permission should be sought.
  • Items without the copyright symbol may still be copyrighted.

Try going to Free Images or searching for Clip Art online for images that are copyright-free.

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