In accordance with Superintendent’s Rule 1120, Copyright, Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) is committed to respecting the rights of copyright holders and complying with the Copyright Act of 1976. The procedures set forth on this Web site by of the Office of Library Information Services (LIS) are intended to provide subject-specific guidance and information to staff about applicable law and the alternatives available to help accomplish educational objectives.
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Funded by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Have you composed a song? Are you wondering if you should cover it yourself or sign up with a record label?
The owner of the copyright in that song holds certain exclusive rights under copyright law, including the exclusive right to reproduce, to prepare derivative works, to distribute copies, to publicly perform, and to publicly display the work, until...
According to the U.S. Copyright Office, the public domain is not a place. A work of authorship is in the “public domain” if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner.
Can I backup my computer software? Yes, under certain conditions as provided by section 117 of the Copyright Act. Although the precise term used under section 117 is “archival” copy, not “backup” copy, these terms today are used interchangeably. This privilege extends only to computer programs and not to other types of works. See also more information at http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/faq-digital.html#sellbackups
This tool is an online interactive tool that can help users understand how to determine if the use of a protected work is a “fair use.” It helps users collect, organize, and document the information they may need to support a fair use claim, and provides a time-stamped PDF document for the users’ records.
The Department of Homeland Security announces it has seized the domain names of five websites it say sits operators have been using to sell counterfeit goods and illegally distribute copyrighted media content.
The National Association for Music Education, among the world's largest arts education organizations, is the only association that addresses all aspects of music education. This portion of the website includes information on determining Fair Use - reproducing copies of sheet music, recording, distribution, etc.
In some situations, you may make limited use of another's copyrighted work without asking permission or infringing on the original copyright. Advice with excellent scenarios/examples from Nolo Publishing that began its do-it-yourself legal guides in 1971.
Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators. The idea of universal access to research, education, and culture is made possible by the Internet, but our legal and social systems don’t always allow that idea to be realized. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet, and can make it hard to legally perform actions we take for granted on the network: copy, paste, edit source, and post to the Web. The default setting of copyright law requires all of these actions to have explicit permission, granted in advance, whether you’re an artist, teacher, scientist, librarian, policymaker, or just a regular user. To achieve the vision of universal access, someone needed to provide a free, public, and standardized infrastructure that creates a balance between the reality of the Internet and the reality of copyright laws. That someone is Creative Commons. (From Creative Commons website)
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