GD212 Copyright Issues
This week we'll get an overview of "content law"
(also called "intellectual property law") from Chapter 1 of Warda,
and we'll study the problem of protecting your product or
What is a Copyright?
Unless noted, the subjects in the headings listed below are briefly covered
in Chapter 1 and Appendix D of How to Register Your Own Copyright
by Mark Warda. This week it is strongly suggested that you surf the
U.S. Copyright website to see how much information is there.
Prerequisite: Look up the meaning of "monopoly":
Could two very similar works both be copyrighted?
Write and memorize the 5 Exclusive Legal Rights of Copyright:
Then (with the help of Adobe Acrobat) go to
"Copyright Basics" from the US Copyright Office to find a sixth
legal right for sound recordings:
License and Limits (Limitation on Rights)
Name some examples of when is it necessary and legal to copy someone's
work without permission:
When would you want someone to make a lot of copies of your work?
What does "fixed in a medium" mean?
Protecting Your Rights
In this legal context, what does "distribute" mean?
The Importance of March 1, 1989
What is the argument for putting a copyright notice on your artwork?
The Deposit of Copies with the Copyright Office
Read Warda’s Appendix D. (Disregard all fee amounts; they are out-of-date.)
What is "identifying material instead of copies"? (p. 94)
How will you deposit a copy of your:
a)life-size, full-length charcoal portrait?
b)color CD cover with illustration, created in Fractal Painter?
c)color illustration created in acrylic paint?
Do you have to add a copyright notice to the deposit copy of each?
Quiz Yourself on this New Material:
Briefly list the 6 Exclusive Legal Rights of Copyright.
List some examples of "fair use."
Define two new terms from these readings.
Practice explaining what you’ve read about copyright
basics. Take notes or make a glossary of terms if that helps.
You’ll give oral answers during our class meeting.
Thank you to AILA graduate Gail Reilly
for her suggestions on this unit.