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Understanding Copyright, Fair Use, & Legal Compliance

This topic is Individual Copyright, Fair Use, and Legal Compliance. Individual Copyright is a big issue for many individuals in our society today. Copyright is basically a legal device that protects the authors (creator of the original works) rights. They are allowed the right to control how their work is used. I researched famous copyright infringement cases and found some pretty interesting things. Today many people are required to let the managers view their Facebook profile and/or obtain the passwords of their Facebook before getting the job. This has upset many applicants. Creative Commons is going to prove very useful in understanding Copyright and Fair Use. I researched fair use and found that it is a legal exception to the charge of infringement. It allows the use of copyrighted material without permission for purposes of education, commentary, critique, parody, and news reporting.


Creative Commons

One should understand the correct way to use Creative Commons. Creative Commons allows one to create a license for copyright.

A Fair(y) Use Tale

Faden, Eric, dir. A Fair(y) Use Tale. 2007. Film. 13 Nov 2012. <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJn_jC4FNDo&feature=player_embedded>.

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Musicians and songwriters must protect their work, they must copyright it to do so. The copyright laws are designed to ensure the creator or artist to get credit for his or her work. Most of the time the creator owns the copyright. However if an employee creates/contributes some of the work he or she also holds the copyright. When a copyright is given it can take 67-120 years before the copyright is allowed to be used by others, depending on when the copyright was given.


Click the picture below to see how you can copyright your creative work.

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Follow the current standard method for citing sources.
"Copyrights Laws." Copyrights Laws. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2012. <http://www.atg.wa.gov/teenconsumer/rights_and_responsibilities/copyright_laws.htm>.

Legal Compliance

There are litanies of local, state and federal regulations governing how a company operates. These laws vary by the number of employees a company has from 1 to 1,000 or more. To maintain legal compliance and avoid penalties, companies need to be aware of what the regulations are and how they impact the organization.
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  • Conducting a human resources audit to determine compliance and areas for improvement
  • Conducting investigations for potential harassment situations
  • Developing or updating policies to ensure compliance with legislation


Legal Compliance is ones agreement to comply with all applicable domestic and international laws, statutes, ordinances, and regulations regarding ones use of the site and the content and materials provided within.

"Checklist for Legal Compliance." Checklist for Legal Compliance. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. <http://www.fsa.go.jp/en/refer/manual/yokin_e/y03.pdf>.