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COMM 1305 Digital Literacy - Carbajal - Fall 2022: Home

Copyright Quick Facts

What is subject to copyright?

  • An original work of authorship from the moment of creation
  • With a modicum of creativity
  • Fixed in a tangible medium of expression


What is not subject to copyright?

  • ideas, procedures, processes, systems
  • Words, phrases, titles
  • Facts / News / Research
  • Items in the Public Domain
  • Federal Documents (*ask a librarian)

Constitutional Authority for Copyright

United States Constitution - Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8

[The Congress shall have power]

"To promote the Progress of Science and the useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries"


Copyright Law of the United State and Related Laws Contained in Title 17 of the United States Code

Section 107 - Fair Use




A Fair(Y) Use Tale - CC BY NC-SA 3.0

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