Answered By: Dan Michniewicz Last Updated: Jun 14, 2018 Views: 72
Materials found on the Internet are afforded the same copyright protection as print materials. This includes all text, graphics, images, sound, video, news and games available on the Internet, as well as postings to newsgroups and e-mail messages.
Before copying something found on a website (the work also needs to be fully cited), you must consider the six Fair Dealing Factors below and you should only use a legally-posted copy. Content retrieved from password-protected websites cannot be reproduced without consent, though there are some exceptions:
- Ideas: Copyright protects the way in which information is presented, it does not protect facts, ideas or information. Taking information from another website and expressing it in your own words does not infringe copyright.
- Public Domain: Material which is in the public domain is not protected by copyright and can be copied freely. Usually fifty years after an author's death, works produced by this author become part of the public domain. An author may also choose to place an item in the public domain by including a notice which grants permission for copying. In this case, there are often conditions on the use of the material, including credit to be given to the author.
- Titles, names & slogans: Short combinations of words, such as titles, names and slogans, are not generally protected by copyright.
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Fair Dealing Factors
You must consider the following Fair Dealing Factors before you copy or distribute a work: