Catalog 2016-2017

Copyright Infringement

Copyright Law

Copyright is a form of legal protection provided by United State law (Title 17 U.S.C. §512(c)(2)) that protects an owner’s right to control the reproduction, distribution, performance, display and transmission of a copyrighted work.

The public, in turn, is provided with specific rights for “Fair Use” of copyrighted works.  Copyrighted works protect “original works of authorship” and include: 

    • Books, articles and other writings
    • Songs and other musical works
    • Movies and Television productions
    • Pictures, graphics and drawings
    • Computer software
    • Pantomimes and choreographic works
    • Sculptural and architectural works
Specific information on copyright law and fair use may be found at the following sites: 

Copyright Infringement

The copyright law provides the owner of copyright in a work the exclusive right:

    • To reproduce the work in copies;
    • To prepare derivative works based upon the work;
    • To distribute copies of the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending;
    • To perform the work publicly;
    • To display the copyrighted work publicly;
    • In the case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission.
The copyright law states that “anyone who violates any of the exclusive rights of the copyright owner an infringer of the copyright or right of the author”.

Generally, under the law, one who engages in any of these activities without obtaining the copyright owner's permission may be liable for infringement.