Copyright Law Myths and Facts: Test your Copyright Knowledge

Try this quiz to see if you can distinguish between copyright law myths and facts. The answers are below so you can quickly determine your score. Copyright myths are everywhere, so share this quiz with others and become more copyright savvy!

Test your copyright knowledge: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).

Copyright law quizTruth 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 173 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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