According to Merriam-Webster Learners Dictionarycopyright is "the legal right to be the only one to reproduce, publish, and sell a book, musical recording, etc., for a certain period of time."
According to the United States government "Your work is under copyright protection the moment it is created and fixed in atangible form that it is perceptible either directly or with the aid of a machine or device." [1] "

There are some differences between copyright laws around the world. In the United States there are three main branches of legislation. They state that only the owner and whoever the owner has given permission to is allowed to use and profit from the material. Another topic that the United States stresses is the protection of foreign produced materials. In the European Union and United Kingdom the laws differ in some ways. The definition of copyright varies in the countries because they are not under a certain person’s rule. In Australia the laws of legal use and copyright are more simple. Like the United States, the laws protect the use of music, books, etc. There are also “moral rights” which make sure the original author is represented and the work is being treated in an appropriate manner. The copyright laws of all the cultures all have their own unique twist, but all follow the basic guidelines of protection of one’s work.

Copyright infringement is a major problem all over the world. An organization that ensures safety when using and sharing materials materials is Creative Commons. The organization does not change the laws of copyright, but instead works along side of them. Creative Commons teaches you how to change a few things in your settings so that you do not copyright. To apply Creative Commons in your search you have to change your settings. To do this you have to change the copyright terms to “some rights reserved” instead of “all rights reserved”. This then allows you to search freely and legally. The significance of using Creative Commons when getting information from a source is making sure it is legal to take. Taking information that is not yours is illegal, but with Creative Commons you know that you are not going against the law.

According to Merriam Webster Dictionary Fair Useis "a legal doctrine that portions of copyrighted materials may be used without permission of the copyright owner provided the use is fair and reasonable, does not substantially impair the value of the materials, and does not curtail the profits reasonably expected by the owner[2] In simpler words, fair use is the use of someone else's work but it is not copying their work.[3] The difference between fair use and infringement is a very thin line.There is no set number of lines, notes, or number of words that you can use safely without the copyright holders permission, and citing were the information came from does not substitute as permission from the copyright holder. Therefor, it is tricky to determine if it is infringement or fair use.

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Here is an example of copyright lawsuits in real life:
"Nashville rockers The Black Keys have settled copyright infringement lawsuits against Pizza Hut and The Home Depot, according to a court documents filed Monday in Los Angeles.
The band had alleged that the companies misused its music in television commercials. Details of the settlements were not disclosed, and a formal dismissal will be filed in January.
“The parties are in the final stages of documenting such settlement agreement and will imminently be circulating such settlement agreement for approval and signature by the multiple parties involved in this action,” attorneys for both sides wrote in a court filing this week requesting that the Pizza Hut case be vacated.
A deal with Home Depot was reached earlier this month.
The band had claimed in two separate lawsuits filed in June in a federal court in Los Angeles that “significant portions” of its song “Gold On the Ceiling” was used in a Pizza Hut ad for Cheesy Bites Pizza, while another song, “Lonely Boy,” was used by Home Depot to hawk Ryobi power tools.
The companies denied copying the songs."

this information is from:

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United States. Copyright . Copyright in General. Washington DC: , 2006. Web. <
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Works Cited

"About Creative Commons." Creative Commons. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. <>.
"Copyright Laws Around The World." Copyright Laws Around The World. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. <>.
"Group Items Tagged." Culturalawarenesshttp:_www.freeandlegaldow. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. <>.

7th grader: "Copyright is a really serious problem. It is important that I use my own words when writing a paper and have permission when using an online material. I also have to be aware of the copyright laws around the world because they differ in each country." (This is what I am getting a 7th grader from my school to record in a video.)

Section Citations

  1. United States. Copyright . Copyright in General. Washington DC: , 2006. Web. < <ref>

  2. "Fair Use." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2012.
  3. "Fair Use." Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 05 Dec. 2012.