What is a 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. This protection is available to both published and
unpublished works. Section 106 of the 1976 Copyright Act generally
gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and
to authorize others to do the following:
* To reproduce the work in copies or phonorecords;
* To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
* To distribute copies or phonorecords of the work to the
public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental,
lease, or lending;
* To perform the work publicly, in the case of literary, musical,
dramatic, and choreographic works, pantomimes, and motion
pictures and other audiovisual works;
* To display the copyrighted work publicly,
in the case of literary, musical, dramatic, and choreographic
works, pantomimes, and pictorial, graphic, or sculptural works,
including the individual images of a motion picture or other
audiovisual work; and
* In the case of sound recordings, to perform
the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.
Step by step instructions and in-depth
definition of copyrighting laws can be found in Chapter 9
of, "Preparing for a Career in Media & Design."
Look for a release in 2007!