You've probably discovered there is a limited
amount of material that is in public domain. If it is not in public
domain, it is copyrighted material, and if it is copyrighted, then
there are restrictions on how a researcher can use the information
they've found to support their research.
So what does it mean when work is "copyrighted?"
Dictionary (12 Nov 2003) states that copyright is:
Main Entry: copyright
...the exclusive legal right to reproduce, publish, and sell the
matter and form (as of a literary, musical, or artistic work)
Davidson has humorously presented and informed educators nation-wide
on this particular issue. At his web site, he offers copyright
print resources you can download and reproduce. The handout listed
in "number 2" is from his web site. You will need Adobe
Acrobat Reader to open this file.
- Download a print-friendly version of Copyright
and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers.
- Review this handout....have you ever violated copyright and
go to Take a Quiz....to see how well
you know your copyright and fair use laws!