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. For more information:
    1. http://www.splc.org/article/2015/08/student-media-guide-to-copyright-law
    2. *Attribution Guide – to be created over the summer*

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