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Copyright laws Researched and Explained in Detail

http://www.copyright.com/Services/CorporateGuide/index3.htm provides a rich discussion of copyright laws for business use.

Read each of the sections and then summarize your answers to the following questions:

* What original creations are protected and for how long?

* What is the public domain and how does it factor into the laws?

* What are some examples of training materials that may be subject to the copyright laws?

* How is digital content treated under the law, and how does this effect a training department?

* What factors should be included in a copyright compliance policy for a training department?

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Under United States Copyright Laws, from the moment an original work is first copied into some legible form, it is protected under the copyright laws as belonging to the original creator of that work (Crews & Butler, 2006). This can cover a broad range of works but typically it is seen in common items such as books, poetry, literature, music, etc. Although many of these items are commonly used in public domain with the author's approval, they are still legally protected under copyright law from theft from other parties.

It is never ethical or acceptable to use another person's published work as your own, however, it is common practice to borrow or use another person's work as a part of another work if you get the approval from the artist. This is common in the music industry where new groups will take old groups music and use their original beats to new lyrics, etc. If the group failed to get permission they would be breaking copyright law by using the music in their own work (Crews & Butler, 2006).

For the purpose of original works, copyright laws protect all work that was fixed in tangible form for the first time (Crews & Butler, 2006). This was mandated by the copyright law of 1978, however, any work prior to that has now been grandfathered into the same protection clauses, and so, all work is protected as belonging to the original owner. The ...

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It is never ethical or acceptable to use another person's published work as your own, however, it is common practice to borrow or use another person's work as a part of another work if you get the approval from the artist. This is common in the music industry where new groups will take old groups music and use their original beats to new lyrics, etc. If the group failed to get permission they would be breaking copyright law by using the music in their own work (Crews & Butler, 2006).

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