A set of exclusive rights awarded to a copyright holder or owner for an original and creative work of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Visit our Introduction to Copyright guide for more information
Copyright includes literary and artistic works, such as:
Materials are not protected by copyright if they fall within the public domain:
source: "Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States," Cornell University Library, March 17, 2021
Creative Commons licenses provide a standardized way to grant public permission to use creative work under copyright law.
The doctrine of Fair Use allows users of copyrighted works to reproduce and reuse copyrighted works in ways that are considered fair--such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Determination of fair use is based on a four factor evaluation including
The Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI) has created a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video which "...helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use." As with other CMSI codes, it includes context and limitations with each of these six best practices: