Happily, there are also those who respect the work of others and their professional reputation is important to them. They are the ones who take the extra step and request permission, and to them I am thankful.
Through the years I have asked a number or storytellers and visual artists to use their work, with attribution. Each one has said, "Yes" and the common thread between them all is that they were grateful to be asked.
I hope you never have to worry about your work being pirated, but if you do, here are some resources to help through the copyright maze.
Copyright Management Center
Lots of useful information on copyright, ownership, fair use, etc., from
* This site was last updated in 1998 so some information may be out of date.
Copyright Resources for Schools and Libraries - Lots of resources here with additional links.http://dpi.state.wi.us/lbstat/copyres.html
Flowchart for Determining When U.S. Copyrights in Fixed Works Expirehttp://www.sunsteinlaw.com/media/2012_01%20Copyright_Chart.pdf
Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, The Copyright Term Extension Act (S. 505) as P.L. 105-278. The full text of the Act may be found here:
Washington State UniversityThis site should be titled, Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Copyright and More! There is a wealth of information here at your fingertips, for artists, librarians, teachers and Internet Users:
- Promotion of the Arts
- Artists Exclusive Rights
- How Copyright Protects
- Public Domain and Duration of Copyrights
- Music and Copyright
- Internet and Copyright
- Library and Copyright
- Fair Use
- Getting Permission
When Works Pass Into the Public DomainAn easy to understand chart to help answer the public domain question.
It seems redundant to add a copyright notice to a blog post on the subject but nonetheless, here it is.
Karen Chace 2012 ©
This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.