“Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works.”
U.S. Copyright Office. (n.d.). Frequently asked questions about copyright. Retrieved from http://www.copyright.gov/help/faq/
Copyright is applied from the time a work is in a fixed format. Registration is not required for copyright to apply.
No. Works can be in the public domain (no license), can be Open Access (some license restrictions apply), or copyrighted (full copyright restrictions apply).
Copyrighted work can be used under the following conditions:
U.S. Copyright Office. (2014) Circular 21: Reproduction of copyrighted works by educators and librarians. Retrieved from https://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ21.pdf
FSCJ. (2019) Copyright for faculty: Copyright basics. Retrieved from https://guides.fscj.edu/CopyrightFaculty
The Library is happy to help you sort through any questions or concern related to copyright, licensing, or use. Just remember, we're not lawyers and will not give legal advice.