OSU Navigation Bar

The Ohio State University

OSU Libraries

net.TUTOR: Copyright Basics

Previous | Tutorial Home | Next

1. Copyright Basics: Why bother?

Copyright is the law. As the internet has made it much easier to copy, use and share others’ works, it is especially important to understand the law in order to abide by it. While digital technology has made some aspects of copyright more confusing, knowing the basics can help you to use material legally and to protect your own creative works.

You create copyrighted works regularly. When you write something, record a song or video, or take a photograph you have created a work that is protected by copyright. It is important to know how to protect your rights as a creator.

Every day you work with copyrighted materials created by other people. Whenever you read a book, download a song, stream a video or play a video game you are potentially dealing with copyrighted materials. It is important to understand what is and is not covered by copyright law.

This tutorial will help you to understand the basics of United States Copyright Law to increase your comfort level with the use of copyrighted works and help you to understand your own copyrights.



Disclaimer: The information in this presentation is not legal advice, nor is The Copyright Resources Center legal counsel to the university or any members of the university community.


      Previous | Tutorial Home | Next