Copyright legally protects authors and creators from misuse and unauthorized reproduction of their works. Copyright also determines how others can use a creator’s content.
Watch this video created by the U.S. Copyright Office explaining what copyright is.
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17) covers which original works are covered in copyright and the exclusive rights the copyright owner has. Creators of copyrighted works can authorize use for:
Copyright protects materials that are:
This includes materials such as:
Copyright does not protect:
For works published after March 1, 1989, copyright lasts 70 years after the author’s death.