The Congress shall have power] "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." - U.S. Constitution, Article I Section 8 Clause 8
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Out of these and other activities, we have gained a wealth of experience with copyright for scholarship and instruction. We will help you interpret the copyright law, U.S. Code, Title 17.
- Section 102: Original authorship
- Section 106: Exclusive rights of creators
- Section 107: Fair use
- Section 108: Library services
- Section 110: Instruction--TEACH Act
Myths about copyright
(original by Brad Templeton)
- Copying just a little bit is OK.
- Attribution is as good as permission.
- It's free advertising.
- I modified it; now it's mine.
- It's OK--it's for educational purposes.
- You have to give away all your rights to get published.
- It doesn't say it's copyrighted.
- It's on the Web so I can use it without asking.