|There are a number of different copyright issues in today’s world of easy access to images and information.|
|Many of us insert copyrighted material into presentations, training material or web pages without realizing it, using the internet as a giant information resource.
If any work, electronic or “real world,” can be seen, touched or heard and was created with some spark of originality, it is probably copyrighted. While copyright laws limit how protected works can be used, they also make allowances to ensure that protected works may be legally used for many purposes, even without the permission of the owner of the copyright.
Others knowingly use copyrighted material, erroneously believing that it’s okay to use the material as long as they are not making a profit from it or that it is okay so long as no more than a certain amount is used.
The company you work for may have a policy on copyright infringement.
While taping a cartoon from the newspaper to refrigerator at home and forwarding an interesting newspaper article by private e-mail might be a “fair use” of copyrighted material, and, thus, not an infringement, using the same cartoon and article in a presentation would constitute infringement.
In some organizations, supervisory and management personnel have directed employees to use material even after being informed it would be infringement to do so.
Copyright infringement can be expensive
Copyright rules for business and industrial training and instruction are different from those for education
1. Circular 21, Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians, U.S. Copyright Office
Updated Thursday, 08. October 2009, 09:55 by Michael Goad ()
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