What does a Copyright Protect?

Copyright protects things such as music, books, computer programs, painting, photos, motion pictures, and screenplay.
You can copyright anything but titles and names.
All the laws for copyright can be found on the following site: U.S. Copyright Office

How long does a Copyright last?

The copyright will last during the authors life and 70 additional years. The copyright will last 120 years for an author.[1]
If the author is unknown, then "the copyright endures for a term of 95 years from the year of its first publication or a term of 120 years of its creation, whichever expires first."


How do people feel about the copyright law?

"The copyright bargain: a balance between protection for the artist and rights for the consumer." - Robin Gross

"It's important to people who like to get something for nothing and don't understand why they should have to pay for recordings if someone will give recordings to them for free, and it's important for artists, composers, arrangers and copyright holders who feel they are being cheated when someone downloads a music file without paying for it. I see both sides of the issue but come down squarely on the side of the artists and copyright holders. There are three reasons I have for this:
1. I am an arranger who has copyrighted music which has been recorded.
2. I am a self-producer of several of my own compact disc recordings.
3. I feel strongly that the rule of law is the glue which holds a civilization together." - Douglas Yeo

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When was the copyright law first established?

It was first established in 1790 with a 14 year renewal code.

U.S. Copyright Office. "U.S. Copyright Office - How Long Does Copyright Protection Last? (FAQ)." U.S. Copyright Office. U.S. Copyright Office, n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. <>.

Yeo, Douglas . "Douglas Yeo FAQ: "Ripping" CDs and "Sharing" Music vs. Copyright Law." Douglas Yeo Trombone Web Site. Douglas Yeo, n.d. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. <

Fair Use

What exactly is fair use?

Fair use is the ability to quote copyrighted material, in certain circumstances, without asking permission or paying for it.

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“Copyrighting-the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed,audio, video, etc.: works granted such right by law on or after January 1, 1978, are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 50 years after his or her death.” To understand how serious this is I want you to know that one man from Virginia was fined 1.5 million dollars for illegally sharing 10 videos on the internet, and it’s not just movies that can get you in trouble for pirating. When most people think of pirating, they think of a dirty bearded guy with one eye, one leg and one hand. Now with the digital age upon us there is a new kind of pirate, a kind that might live down the street from you and you wouldn’t even know it. Instead of stealing gold and jewels, they take movies and books and illegally copy them and sell them. Many people think that it is no big deal, but think about this, you have worked every day for 2 or 3 years, you finally after struggling for so long found somebody to publish your book. Then somebody steals it as simply as control C copy. There is no real solution to this problem because people will always be able to do it, but you can try to prevent it by copyrighting your work.

The three legal penalties for Copyright Infringement are:

  1. The copyright holder must have a valid copyright.
  2. The person who is allegedly infringing must have access to the copyrighted work.
  3. The duplication of the copyrighted work must be outside the exceptions.

"American Has to Pay 1.5 Million USD for Sharing 10 Movies - Page 2 - Forums." Guru3Dcom Forums RSS. N.p., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2012. <>., n.d. Web. 20 Nov. 2012. <>

Fair use of copyright??
For the copyright to be fair use and not infringement there can not be the same specific words, lines, or notes as the original author unless there was permission.

  1. Copyrights are illegal. Theres a difference when you give the site credit for their work but, if you take credit for someone else's work thats copy right.

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