Copyright encourages creativity and scholarship by protecting a creator's right to prevent unauthorized use of his or her work.
All works created in the United States are automatically copyrighted. That's right! Even if a work is unpublished and does not contain a notice of copyright ©, it is still protected under copyright law. There are some exceptions, such as works in the public domain.
Fortunately, copyright law offers provisions with authors and educators in mind. There are several ways in which educators can use copyrighted material that are within the bounds of the law.
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Please note that this guide is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used as legal advice.
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