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Copyright for Students

This guide will give students a basic knowledge of copyright and "fair use" rules, and will offer suggested sources for locating images, sounds, and video clips for school projects.

Selected books from the FSCJ Library and Learning Commons

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The idealist: Aaron Swartz and the rise of free culture on the Internet

"A smart, lively history of the Internet free culture movement and its larger effects on society--and the life and shocking suicide of Aaron Swartz, a founding developer of Reddit and Creative Commons--from Slate correspondent Justin Peters."

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Copyright infringement

"This title explores copyright infringement, including: what constitutes copyright infringement; the economic impact of copyright infringement; is copyright law effective; how does technology affect copyright infringement. The viewpoints are selected from a wide range of highly respected and often hard-to-find sources and publications."

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The public domain : how to find & use copyright-free writings, music, art & more

"Contents: Introduction to the public domain -- The use and abuse of copyright -- Writings -- Music -- Art -- Photography -- Movies and television -- Computer software -- Architecture -- Maps -- Choreography -- Databases and collections -- Titles -- Public domain elements in copyright writings -- Copyrights restored from public domain -- The public domain outside the United States -- The Internet and the public domain -- Copyright protection: How long does it last? -- Copyright notice requirements -- Traps for the unwary -- Researching Copyright Office records -- What if a work is not in the public domain?"

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Downloading copyrighted stuff from the Internet : stealing or fair use?

"At the click of a mouse, computer-savvy people can download all kinds of materials, songs, movies, games, and software from the Internet. But if what they are downloading is copyrighted, its use can be against the law."