Internet and Copyright Myths and Confusions
Some myths about copyright, and particularly about copyright of resources found on the Internet, are very hard to stamp out.
Below are some truths about copyright and about Internet
- INTERNET DOES NOT CHANGE THE COPYRIGHT LAWS!!
- Listserv, submissions, emails, student messages jotted down, etc. are copyrighted
- All web pages are copyrighted, yours and theirs. But remember to register your web site immediately if you care whether someone copies it. Re-register the web site if you add significant content
- Giving out URLs is not a problem and linking to any legal web site is legal
- Linking to an infringing site is illegal - if you know or suspect that the materials on the web site are there illegally, do not link to it
- Giving credit may mean you're not a plagiarist, but you may still be an infringer if you don't apply copyright and Fair Use principles correctly
- Altering or modifying a work infringes the copyright owner's right to derivative works
- "If I don't charge for it, it's not a violation" – Wrong!