Designing Digital Scholarship Projects: Copyright and fair use

Design principles & entry-level tools to begin developing digital scholarship projects
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Copyright basics

In the USA, copyright is a federal law that provides content creators the exclusive rights to copy, distribute, and remix the content they create for a limited period of time. Federal copyright law specifically protects works of “intellectual property” or creative expressions of ideas in fixed symbolic form, like books, films, songs, or artworks.

Fair use basics

Attribution and citation

  • Attribution ascribes a work to the author or artist who is responsible for it.
  • A citation gives credit to the source where you found the work and helps the reader locate the source.
  • You want to tell your audience who is responsible for any work you are using, and the source where you found the work to help them locate the source for themselves.