How familiar are you with U.S. copyright law? Take the challenge below to test your knowledge on U.S. copyright law.
True or False?
- In order to have copyright protection in the United States you must place the copyright symbol, ©, on your work. T F
- The U.S. government may own copyright in works which have been assigned to it. T F
- Under the U.S. fair use provision, you can always use content for any sort of educational purposes. T F
- Copyright lasts for 70 years after an author’s death. T F
- If you are protected by copyright in the U.S., then you are protected in 165 countries that belong to the Berne Convention on copyright (169 countries if you count the U.S.) T F
- Libraries, archives and museums are exempt from U.S. copyright law. T F
- The U.S. only joined the leading copyright convention, the Berne Convention, in 1989. T F
- Under the U.S. Copyright Act, all authors in the U.S. have the right to prevent modification of their creations if the modification is prejudicial to their honor or reputation. T F
- You do not need to register a work with the United States Copyright office to have copyright protection. T F
- When you purchase a painting, you own all copyrights in the painting. T F
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