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Provides a general introduction to copyright, fair use, copyright ownership, copyright for instructors, and useful resources.

Public Domain

Music Copyright

Music presents a number of unique copyright issues - here are some resources that deal specifically with copyright and music.

More Copyright Resources

Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)

U.S. Copyright Office Resources

Copyright Advocacy and Education



Other Intellectual Property Resources

While this guide focuses on copyright, there are two other forms of intellectual property protection:

  • Patents - protection that applies to new inventions to grant to the inventor the exclusive right to "exclude others from making, using, offering for sale or selling" their invention in the United States. The term for a new patent is 20 years.
  • Trademarks - protection that applies to a word, name, symbol, or device that is used in trade goods to indicate the source of the goods and to distinguish them from the goods of others. A "servicemark" is the same except that it identifies the source of a service rather than a product (like "FedEx").

Here are some resources to help you get started.

Just For Fun

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