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Jennifer McKay
UAA/APU Consortium Library
Alaska Medical Library Office #202B


Answer the following questions in the discussion board:

This week’s discussion is about copyright. The first two sites give a basic overview of copyright.  Copyright is complex and some lawyers make a living in just this arena. However, as the first site states, “the basics are very simple. Armed with some simple principles, you can save yourself from running afoul of copyright law.”

Fair use is a portion of the law that allows copyrighted material to be used – in specific circumstances. This sites helps you determine if your intended use complies:

Each question has its own thread.  Choose two of the following questions to discuss.

  1. Choose an entry from this timeline which demonstrates how technology and copyright are linked.  Share your thoughts on why this was a significant change to copyright law/guidelines.
  2. Item without the copyright symbol © are not protected and can be freely used.
  3. Discuss the difference between plagiarism and copyright. 
  4. What role has Disney played in US copyright law?
  5. All images on the Internet are free.  Review this library guide
    5a. What is the role of the Creative Commons?  
    5b. Click on the General Images tab. Look for some freely accessible medical images in the biomedical images link within the Specialized Image Collections box at the bottom of the page. Share your thoughts on this process