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Rights of Copyright

Most of us haven’t closely examined the rights that copyright protection provides. This is how they are written in Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 6 of the copyright law:

§ 106. Exclusive rights in copyrighted works
Subject to sections 107 through 122, the owner of copyright under this title has the exclusive rights to do and to authorize any of the following:

(1) to reproduce the copyrighted work in copies or phonorecords;
(2) to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work;
(3) to distribute copies or phonorecords of the copyrighted work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
(4) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion pictures and other audiovisual works, to perform the copyrighted work publicly;
(5) in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works, including the individual images of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, to display the copyrighted work publicly; and
(6) in the case of sound recordings, to perform the copyrighted work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.

When we create works in fixed , tangible media, these are the rights we enjoy due to this statue. When others create works in fixed, tangible media, they have these same rights. We have these rights unless we sell, give away or license them to others.

When we use the work of others in activities as faculty members and students, we should be aware that we may be infringing on their copyright. Don’t be naïve about copyright! There are many very useful web sites available that can provide much more detail and practical advice about copyright. The Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Fair Use Resources page on the University Libraries' website is a good place to start.

Blog post created by Lorre Smith