Copyright

  • Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U. S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. If you write a poem or story or even a paper for your class, create a drawing or other artwork, you automatically own the copyright to it. 

Fair Use

  • Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances.

    In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include —

    1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes
    2. the nature of the copyrighted work
    3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
    4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

Royalty Free Sources