What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of intellectual property law that protects original works of 'authorship' from literary works, to artistic works and more. Copyright protects the way an author expresses themselves and the owner of a copyrighted work has the right to authorize others to reproduce that work. Protection is given to both published and unpublished works and do not require the copyright symbol as copyright begins at an items creation. Learn more ...
In the beginnings, copyright law was intended to cover only books. In the 19th century the law was expanded to include maps, charts, engravings, prints, musical compositions, dramatic works, photographs, paintings, drawings and sculptures. Motion pictures, computer programs, sound recordings, dance and architectural works became protected by copyright in the 20th century.
Copyright protection fall under title 17, U.S. Code and covers "original works of authorship."
So what makes a work original?
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According to the Association of Research Libraries,
"Copyright law is “territorial,” which means that fair use applies to uses of copyrighted material in the United States, regardless of where in the world it originates."
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic & Research Libraries,