LEGAL FAQ’S: COPYRIGHT

What is copyright infringement?

  1. Using someone else’s original work without obtaining the copyright owner’s permission
  2. Copyright does NOT prohibit use of
    1. Most federal government records
    2. Some state and local government records
    3. What does this mean? Images produced by federal government employees cannot be copyrighted and can be used in any context in a student newspaper or yearbook without first having to obtain permission. But they should still be properly cited!
  3. The first choice of any publications student should be to create your own content. However, should that not be possible, you must find images that are licensed for use and modification, and music that is royalty free (unless you’re doing a review). Your best bet is a Creative Commons search, making sure that you are following the guidelines for attribution.
  4. For more information: http://www.splc.org/article/2015/08/student-media-guide-to-copyright-law

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