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U.S. Copyright Basics Tutorial

U.S. Copyright Basics Tutorial

This lesson introduces the basics of U.S. copyright protection. Copyright is a form of legal protection that allows authors and other creators to control their original, creative work.

By the end, students will be able to distinguish between what qualifies for copyright protection and what does not, as well as define basic copyright terms such as public domain and derivative work.

The content in this lesson is organized using the 6 Ws, outlined below:

Why does copyright protection exist?

Whose work is protected by copyright?

What can copyright holders do with their copyrights?

Which works can be protected by copyright?

When is a work protected by copyright?

Where are copyrighted works protected?

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