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A Fair(y) Use Tale. About The Licenses. Our public copyright licenses incorporate a unique and innovative “three-layer” design.

About The Licenses

Each license begins as a traditional legal tool, in the kind of language and text formats that most lawyers know and love. We call this the Legal Code layer of each license. Creative Commons license. This video explains how Creative Commons licenses can be used in conjunction with commercial licensing arrangements.

Creative Commons license

Creative Commons licenses are explained in many languages and used around the world, such as pictured here in Cambodia. A Creative Commons (CC) license is one of several public copyright licenses that enable the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. Creative Commons images and you: a quick guide for image users. Here at Ars we're big fans of Creative Commons, both the idea behind it and the work that gets produced.

Creative Commons images and you: a quick guide for image users

As publishers, we benefit from Creative Commons in a number of ways—we look things up in Creative Commons-licensed Wikipedia (used with caution, of course), the Creative Commons-related policy issues that we cover give us a steady stream of great news content, and we make use of Creative Commons-licensed images in our news stories. This last piece—the use of Creative Commons images—has historically been one of the trickiest issues for us to navigate as a publisher, given the number of different Creative Commons license types. Will I Use Creative Commons Licenses? (Activity 9: H817OPEN. Licenses/NC - Definition of Free Cultural Works. When the Creative Commons project published its first licenses in December 2002, it finally brought a sense of unity to the free culture movement.

Licenses/NC - Definition of Free Cultural Works

Instead of having to choose from many scattered licenses, authors now have the option to pick the right license for their work using a simple tool. They only have to answer basic questions like: “Allow commercial uses? Allow modifications?” The tool then recommends one of the licenses developed by the Creative Commons team.

They are legally sane, simple documents, specially adapted for various jurisdictions. One particular licensing option, however, is a growing problem for the free culture community. Fair Use. Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images. You’ve heard the adage that a picture is worth a thousand words, but when that picture is protected by copyright, the picture is only worth three words: cease and desist.

Copyright Fair Use and How it Works for Online Images

OK, that’s kind of a lawyer joke. But it illustrates how protective people are about finding their images used online without permission. Copyright laws were established not to give the author the right to deny their work to other people, but instead to encourage its creation. Article I, Section 8, clause 8, of the United States Constitution states the purpose of copyright laws is “to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.” In General (FAQ) 10 Big Myths about copyright explained. See EFF notes on fair use and links from it for a detailed answer, but bear the following in mind: The "fair use" exemption to (U.S.) copyright law was created to allow things such as commentary, parody, news reporting, research and education about copyrighted works without the permission of the author.

10 Big Myths about copyright explained

That's vital so that copyright law doesn't block your freedom to express your own works -- only the ability to appropriate other people's. Intent, and damage to the commercial value of the work are important considerations. Are you reproducing an article from the New York Times because you needed to in order to criticise the quality of the New York Times, or because you couldn't find time to write your own story, or didn't want your readers to have to register at the New York Times web site?

The first is probably fair use, the others probably aren't. Tips For Making Sure Your Copyright Registration Application Is Accepted. Circ07d.pdf (application/pdf Object) Copyright_Graphic_Article.pdf (application/pdf Object) YouTube. If You Cannot Find the Owner. The situation is common: You want to use a copyrighted work beyond the limits of fair use or other copyright exception.

If You Cannot Find the Owner

You tracked down a likely copyright owner and have attempted to seek permission, but the effort simply has produced no conclusion. Worse, perhaps you did receive permission, but with burdensome conditions or a high price. Perhaps you wrote for permission, and the permission was flatly denied. In some situations, you might have little choice but to absorb the bad news and change your plans. Much more complex and frustrating, however, is when you exert an honest effort, but you simply cannot find a copyright owner or your efforts go unanswered. Problems 1. The work itself does not have a name, and you have searched through various different catalogs, databases, and other sources, according to the title or description of the work. 2. 3.

Possible Solutions 1. 2. MyFreeCopyright.com: FREE Copyright Protection. Public domain in the United States. Works are in the public domain if they are not covered by intellectual property rights, such as copyright, at all, or if the intellectual property rights to the works has expired.[1] Public domain in copyrighted works in the United States[edit]

Public domain in the United States

(Re-)Defining the Public Domain : Carl Malamud. <div style="padding:5px; font-size:80%; width:300px; background-color:white; margin-left:auto; margin-right:auto; border:1px dashed gray;"> Internet Archive's<!

(Re-)Defining the Public Domain : Carl Malamud

--'--> in-browser video player requires JavaScript to be enabled. It appears your browser does not have it turned on. Please see your browser settings for this feature. </div> Fighting for your digital rights in Washington. Society: Law: Legal Information: Intellectual Property: Copyrights. Survey_private_registries-final_draft-2011_09_14-clean 2.doc. Trademark. Recognizable sign, design or expression which identifies products or services.

Trademark

How to Register a Trademark for a Company Name - Small Business. Registering a trademark for a company name is pretty straightforward. Many businesses can file an application online in less than 90 minutes, without a lawyer’s help. The simplest way to register is on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Web site, www.uspto.gov. Trademarks Home.

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Plagiarism, Creativity & The Remix. Creative Commons.