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Common Copyright Myths

With the Internet, many folks think that copyright laws no longer exist. However, you still need to remember a few things:

  • A work doesn't have to carry a copyright mark to be copyrighted.

     

  • Movement from document to digital (scanning a page in a book, for example) does not "cancel" a copyright.

     

  • The source where you obtained the work is immaterial. Taking an image from a newsgroup or Web site doesn't make it legal.

     

  • No such thing as a "blanket" copyright exists. Permissions must be individually obtained for each work, each time you want to use the work.

     

  • Changing an original doesn't change the copyright. You may tweak the Mona Lisa in Photoshop, but the copyright still doesn't belong to you.

The above Copyright info from DummiesDaily.com

What Is Copyright Protection?

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998    Page copy protected against web site content infringement by Copyscape


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Do you know your online rights?

Do you know your online rights? Have you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web site or to stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about liability for information that someone else posted to your online forum? If so, this site is for you.

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Statement on Plagiarism by the American Historical Association. From the 2002 Statement on Standards of Professional Conduct published February 2002 by the American Historical Association.

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