Copyright Law Myths and Facts: Test your Copyright Knowledge

Test your copyright knowledge with Copyright Quiz 3.0: Copyright Law Myths and Facts.

When it comes to copyright law, there is much misinformation.  Test yourself to determine what you think is a copyright truth or myth (false).

Truth or Myth (False)?

T F 1.  Only registered works are protected by copyright.

T F 2.  Online content is in the public domain unless it has a copyright notice.

T F 3.  In at least 171 countries that belong to the Berne [Copyright] Convention, copyright protection is automatic upon creation of the work.

T F 4.  In all countries, the duration of copyright is seventy years after the death of the author.

T F 5.  Fair use is intentionally ambiguous.

T F 6.  You can always copy 3 percent of a work without obtaining copyright permission.

T F 7.  If a work does not have a copyright notice, ©, then you may freely use the work without obtaining permission.

T F 8.  All U.S. government works are in the public domain.

T F 9.  Fair use never applies in a for profit situation.

T F 10.  There is no such thing as an international copyright law.

 

Answers: 1F, 2F, 3T, 4F, 5T, 6F, 7F, 8F, 9F, 10T

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4 Comments

  1. Lesley says:

    Hi Rod, whether or not a work has a copyright symbol, it is still protected by copyright. See article on copyright symbol at http://www.copyrightlaws.com/resources.

  2. ROD says:

    I USED PICTURES FROM A WEBSITE 3 YEARS A GO. THE SITE DID NOT HAVE A COPYRIGHT SYMBOL ON ANY OF THE PAGES. fINNALY, IT COPYRIGHT IN 2011. ARE WE IN VIOLATION OF COPYRIGHT LAWS.

  3. Lesley says:

    Hi Linda, the point of question six is that there is no exact percent of a work that you can copy without permission. As you suggest, that amount varies from situation to situation. Your publishing company may benefit from copyright education and a copyright policy which educates about copyright and fair use/dealing and discusses both the ambiguities in fair use/dealing as well as the benefits and flexibility. Your attorney may also provide a “safety net” relating to a word count that may work for you based on a copyright risk analysis.

  4. Linda Tanaka says:

    6. You can copy 3 percent of a work without obtaining copyright permission.

    I took a few seminars from you Lesley and you did say this many times. Is there any amount that is “takeable” as long as it is not the “essence of the work”. I am trying to determine how educational publishers can declare a word count under which they do not seek permission to use.

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