Friday, April 29, 2011

Thing #8 - Copyright

  I created my quiz in Survey Monkey.  Following is a copy of the quiz I gave along with the answers and staff responses.  23 of my peers took the quiz, and as you can see, the majority had a good handle on the copyright laws, with the exception of only a few questions.  However, although the majority had a good handle, there were still quite a few people that struggled with various questions.  A lot of people were emailing me for the correct answers after they took the test as they felt they really didn't understand the copyright laws and wanted to make sure they were abiding by them.  After I closed the test, I emailed them all the correct answers.
             1.  Is it a copyright infringement to make a local copy of another person's image file so you can include it on your own web page?  

2.      Is it a copyright infringement to link to an image on another person's web site?   No 
Providing a link to copyrighted materials is not the same as copying the work itself.
3.     If you do not profit from a copyright infringement, can you be sued for damages?  Yes
Copyright infringement can occur whether or not the user profits from the copying.

4.      Copyright ownership analysis starts with this principle: The ______________ is the owner.   Author 
The creator of the work is the copyright holder until or unless he or she waives or transfers that right to someone else.

5.      Which of the following is NOT a copyright infringement?  A teacher making a photocopy of a single cartoon as part of a student worksheet which is then copied 25 times and distributed to a class 
This use falls under the Fair Use Doctrine.

6.      You have written a story to read aloud to your class. At what point is it covered by copyright law?   When you write the story down on paper. 
By writing the story down on paper, you have captured your original creative expression in a fixed medium, and thus established a copyright on the work.

7.     Ms. Smith's students are big fans of the Star Trek television series. In order to excite them about a writing exercise, she encourages them to write stories based on Star Trek characters. Which of the following rights of the creators of Star Trek are violated by the writing of these stories?   The right to prepare derivative works based upon the copyrighted work. 
Creation of derivative works, such as stories based on characters in books or movies, is a violation of copyright law.

8.      Mr. Jones has a computer program at home that he thinks the students in his class will benefit from. He brings in the program and installs it on all three computers in his classroom. Because the program is for use by students and has met the spontaneity test, he concludes that this is legal under the Fair Use doctrine. Is it?  No 
The Fair Use doctrine does not apply to computer software.

9.      Which of the following works is in the public domain?  U.S. Senate proceedings from 1998 
Government documents are not protected by copyright

10.  Central to the concept of copyright is the idea that you own and have control over anything that you create.  True 
Any original, creative expression that you create (and fix into a permanent medium) is covered by copyright, giving you control over your work.

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