Copyright Basics

crightFew topics generate more confusion than a discussion of intellectual property rights a.k.a. copyright. The US Constitution, in Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, empowers the United States Congress:

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.

The United States Copyright Office continues to define and refine that broad definition. Unfortunately, the result has been a confusing and often contradictory morass of (mis)information.  To help you better understand this issue, here are three entertaining videos that discuss Copyright and Fair Use.

Copyright, What’s Copyright?

Copyright User Rights

A Fair(y) Use Tale

This clever example uses Disney cartoons to illustrate Fair Use.