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Copyright & Licensing

Published on Nov 26, 2015

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Copyright & Licensing

Anne Cong-Huyen | DigLibArts


Copyright: A form of intellectual property. Grants legal, exclusive rights given to the creator of any original work to use and distribute, especially for commercial use.

Copyright is automatically granted to the creator of a work.

More information: http://www.copyright.gov/

Works Covered by Copyright

  • literary works, musical works, including any accompanying words
  • dramatic works, including any accompanying music
  • pantomimes and choreographic works
  • pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works
  • motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  • architectural works.
Works covered by copyright (listed). All are creative and original works.
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But copyright alone isn't for everyone...

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that offers their own set of licenses that work alongside traditional copyright: “Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”
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Public Domain

Public Domain: Public Domain content is “free from barriers to access or reuse usually associated with copyright protection.” This comes into effect when copyright runs out but you can also voluntarily remove barriers to access your work.

How to license your work for Public Domain: You can freely license using the GNU Free License or the Free Art License.

More info: http://publicdomainmanifesto.org/

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Slide 7: Anonymity: You can also give up claim to authorship/ownership of work, which will most likely put it into the Public Domain (unless it is part of a larger collection, owned by another organization, etc.)
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Choosing your license

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