Thursday, February 12, 2009

Copyrights and You Part II

Some Quick Facts on Copyrights:

· Copyrighting is the process of protecting works of authorship
· A Copywriter is a person who edits works of authorship
· Works created after 1978 are protected for life plus 70 years
· When a copyright expires, it can become “Public Domain” meaning property of the general public.
· “Fair-Use” entails the use of your works for criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Please research more about this subject as it is not clearly defined.
· There is no such thing as an “International Copyright,” therefore, in our digital age, you should research the country for which you have questions to determine their rules.
· Copyright rights can be assigned to another person as well as bequeathed in your Will.