Media Law Presentation: Copyright Law

This presentation begins with a brief introduction of the history and goals behind copyright. It then explores some of the basics of copyright, including questions about copyright eligibility, copyright duration, registration, obtaining copyright permissions and its distinction from other intellectual property rights (patent, trademark) and plagiarism. Finally, considerable time is spent discussing copyright law’s Fair Use Exemption, one of the more confusing — yet most important — issues in copyright for student journalists. The presentation includes a number of true-to-life examples that should help students understand where the legal boundaries lie.

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