IEP – Just the Facts

intellectual property defined:
property (as an idea, invention, or process) that derives from the work of the mind or intellect; also : an application, right, or registration relating to this (via M-W)

But what does that really mean?

What is IP via US Patent and Trademark Office

http://www.uspto.gov/web/offices/ac/ahrpa/opa/museum/1intell.htm

World Intellectual Property Organization

http://www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/

fair use defined:
a legal doctrine that portions of copyrighted materials may be used without permission of the copyright owner provided the use is fair and reasonable, does not substantially impair the value of the materials, and does not curtail the profits reasonably expected by the owner (via M-W)

But what does that really mean?

I’m not a lawyer, but a lawyer will tell you that fair use is a very gray area. If you’re in an educational setting and offline, I think it’s much more straightforward. So, I encourage you to learn what it means but be very careful using it as justification for posting anything that belongs to someone else. Even if you credit them. Credit isn’t permission.

Standford University – Fair Use

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter9/index.html

copyright defined
the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work) (via M-W)

But what does that really mean?

“Who Owns What?” via Stanford University

http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter0/0-c.html

Copyright myths and misunderstandings
http://www.plagiarismtoday.com/stopping-internet-plagiarism/your-copyrights-online/3-copyright-myths/

creative commons defined
consists of a set of copyright licenses and tools that create a balance inside the traditional “all rights reserved” setting that copyright law creates. (via Creative Commons)

But what does that really mean?

What each CC license means
http://weblogs.about.com/od/bloggingethics/p/CreativeCommons.htm

Creative Commons Search Engine (for various sources including google, YouTube, WikiMedia)
Make sure you click on “Search for works I can modify, adapt, or build upon”

The fine print: “Do not assume that the results displayed in this search portal are under a CC license. You should always verify that the work is actually under a CC license by following the link.”

WHICH MEANS

Double check the resource before you use it. This tool is to help you, not do all the work.

Flickr Creative Commons Search Engine

The fine print: “Participating institutions are sharing the benefit of their research without providing an expressed or implied a warranty …to use or reproduce the photograph.”

WHICH MEANS

Double check the resource before you use it. This tool is to help you, not do all the work.

Please do not copy or distribute the If Emily Posted resource lists from this site without permission, but please make use of all the information these links provide. These resources will be added to and edited over time. If you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

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