WHAT IS COPYRIGHT?
Federal copyright law dates back to 1790, when George Washington signed the first Copyright Act.
Under today’s law, copyright is defined as the bundle of exclusive rights granted to the creator of
an original work of authorship that has been fixed in a tangible form – that means fixed in a physical
medium, such as paper, paint, film, or in digital code.
Copyright grants the creator exclusive control over lots of things:
-the reproduction of the work
-the creation of similar works based on their work
- distribution of their work
WHAT IS FAIR USE?
Fair Use is a provision in the U.S. Copyright Act that allows for reproduction of copyrighted works
without the copyright owner’s permission under certain specific circumstances, including when the
work is being used for “teaching, scholarship, and research.
The criteria for the fair use policy is as follows:
1. Is the material being used for commercial or for nonprofit educational purposes?
2. Is the material merely factual or a work of talent and imagination? Outdated or still available?
3. What proportion of the material is being copied?
4. What is the effect on the potential market value of the material?
Royalty Free Music Suggestions
The Apple MAC includes many songs as part of GarageBand.
Some musicians post their music royalty free.