Basic Concepts of Copyright Law

This guide covers the basic concepts of copyright law. It provides a general introduction to the elements of copyright important to teachers, librarians, and school administrators. It covers the following topics:

  •     What Is Copyright?
  •     What Is The Public Domain?
  •     Who Makes Copyright Law?
  •     What Does Copyright Law Cover?
  •     Who Gets A Copyright?
  •     What Rights Come With Copyright?
  •     The Limits of Copyright
  •     Copyright Licenses

The guide was produced as a joint project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL).

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Release Date 
August, 2012