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In this blog I hope to share with you various examples and demonstrations why print books should be replace with e-books. I understand that my words seem harsh but I am advocating the evolution of information delivery.
E-books are not limited like their printed brethren. They have the ability to link to outside resources, contain resources, narration, video and illustrations. Although they have great differences, one issue they both share is the possibility of copyright infringement. Before I get ahead of myself, let me explain what copyright is first.
What is copyright?
Copyright is the term used to describe anyone’s right to his or her own creation(s).
As I develop my own website, logo, videos, images and articles, I own the rights to every material I create. Copyright law grants me ownership and the right to reproduce, create derivatives, distribute and display or perform my creations publicly. Copyright laws are not granted to creations that have yet to be actually created. So be quick to bring your thoughts to reality and give birth to your creation, just as long as it is your thoughts. Copyright law is granted to the creator whose blood; sweat and tears produced the original work. Even though a creator may suffer for his or her “original work”, it must be deemed as creative to be protected by copyright law. An individual can work hard listing names in alphabetical order but it will not be considered creative unless it is proven that the names were selected creatively. Speaking of names, those are also not protected by copyright law. Copyright law cannot protect a name, title, short phrase or expression. A trademark could, but that can be another blog post.
Copyright Infringement and Fair Use
Now that you have an idea of what copyright is, let me explain what copyright infringement and fair use means. If you recall, copyright law grants an owner the right to do what he or she will with their original creation? It is important that you know your rights because someone can easily infringe upon them by copying your work, distributing it as their own and earn monetary gains. It is also just as important to recognize when your creation is used under the fair use guidelines which allow other users to use your copyrighted material commentary, criticism or parody situations. Individuals who benefit from fair use are researchers, educators and entertainers.
Here is an example:
If I created a painting, my work will be protected by copyright law. I can sell it, display it and make copies of it, if I please. If someone else duplicated my work, without my permission, this would be considered copyright infringement since I never gave them permission to do so. If an educator at a higher education institution copied my work and displayed it in a classroom lesson for commentary purposes, this would fall under fair use.
Since I discussed what copyright is and what it protected, let me cover plagiarism. Plagiarism is related to academic dishonesty which is also related to copyright infringement. After I have written this blog, and another individual were to copy my text, verbatim, without citing the source and shared it as their own can be found guilty of plagiarism. In the future, if you do find my information to be helpful and you would like to share it, please give me credit by citing.
Types of Copyright
As I build my website and blog, I will also be including graphics in my pages to provide visual representations and to ensure it is not very text heavy. You will not find any graphic(s) on my site which will violate copyright law. All graphics will be produced in-house, purchased or granted permission to use legally online from the original author. If a graphic is available with a creative commons license, we take the opportunity to use it but until we can produce our ow
Copyleft and Creative Commons
If you never heard of creative commons, let me explain copyleft first. Just I shared what copyright can do to help protect your creative works, copyleft does the opposite, in a way. Copyleft allows individuals to distribute their work for the benefit of having it modified and re-distributed. Having a creative work copyleft means that all modifications, duplicates and derivatives of the work cannot never be distributed as a propriety product. We can go further and add more restrictions on how our creative work can be shared by including a creative commons license. By attaching a creative common license, individuals can allow others to copy, distribute or perform their work or derivatives of it. Individuals can also restrict the creation of derivatives, but allow users to copy and distribute their work. Sharing creative works for free can feel like the right thing to do, and in most cases it is, but copyleft and creative commons protects the creative work from ever becoming monetized.
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