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Copy­right is a set of rights held exclu­sively by the owner of “orig­i­nal works of author­ship” includ­ing lit­er­ary, dra­matic, musi­cal, artis­tic,  and other intel­lec­tual works.  In the United States, the laws related to copy­right are in Title 17 of the US Code.  Video, still images and sound effects are also included in the Copy­right Act.

Copy­right own­ers have the exclu­sive right to:

- Repro­duce the work in copies

- Make deriv­a­tive works based on the original

- Per­form or dis­play the work publicly

- Dis­trib­ute copies or trans­fer ownership

- Trans­mit the work by dig­i­tal audio transmission

Begin­ning in 1978, works cre­ated are auto­mat­i­cally pro­tected under the UW copy­right law for a term that extends for the author’s life plus 70 years.  Works cre­ated before that date are still cov­ered by the copy­right statute from the date they were orig­i­nally published.

As UW com­mu­ni­ca­tors, we need to know the basics of copy­right and fair use to ensure that our mes­sages are not infringing.

U.S. Copy­right Registry