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General Information:

Copyright Basics»

Copyright Law

How do I protect my work?

Licensing and Permission Resources

What is and is not protected by copyright?

Copyright Exceptions:

DMCA Notice and Take Down Procedures

Introduction and The Classroom Exception

The Fair Use Exception

The Teach Act

WCC Rules of Thumb

Copyright Guide:

General Information»

DMCA Notice and Take Down Procedures

Frequently Asked Questions

Library Copyright Details


WCC Policy

Copyright Home


This presentation is exactly what it says: basic, very basic. There are lots of resources for more detailed information. In fact, there way too many of them. On this web site, you will find links to a few comprehensive web sites. Those sites will refer you to other sites, which will refer you to other sites, and so on until you exhaust your curiosity, exhaust yourself, or (hurray) find your answer. If all else fails, call the Library or legal counsel.

Why should you care about copyright?

Copyright owners have recently become very active about protecting their rights. The Internet and various technological advances have presented new challenges and questions. If you are sued for infringement, you could face a large financial burden, and, even if you win, you still have attorneys' fees to pay.

The worst liability is for willful copyright infringement or if you completely disregard the rights of the copyright owners. But a court may refuse to award damages if it appears that you made a good faith effort to comply with the law. So that is what this site is for. There are no guarantees, but if you conscientiously try to understand and follow the recommendations set out on this website, you will be able to argue that you acted in good faith.

Why is copyright?

The primary objective of copyright is not to reward the labor of authors, but '[t]o promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.' To this end, copyright assures authors the right to their original expression, but encourages others to build freely upon the ideas and information conveyed by a work. This result is neither unfair nor unfortunate. It is the means by which copyright advances the progress of science and art. -- Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 U.S. 340, 349 (1991)

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