What is Copyright Infringement? - Understanding Copyright Law


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Which of the following is NOT automatically copyrighted?

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1. Soda-Pop asks Lady GiGi if they can use her song in a television commercial and she agrees. Soda Pop will pay Lady GiGi. This is called:

2. Anne's grandfather wrote a very famous novel many years ago and she owned the copyrights. She recently discovered that the copyrights expired and people can use the novel as they wish. This is called:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

How are the works of artists, authors and other creative professionals protected by law and how might these laws be broken? These are among the topics you will need to know in order to successfully answer the questions presented in this quiz/worksheet combo.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The ability to identify:
    • What is and is not automatically copyrighted
    • The term used to describe when a singer agrees to and is paid for the use of her song for a television commercial
    • The term used to describe a creative work for which the copyright has expired and anyone is free to use the work as he or she wishes
    • What a creative artist can do if someone makes unauthorized use of their original work that has not been published or registered
    • The definition of copyright infringement

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information regarding how creative works are protected
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases and terms, such as public domain and licensing
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding unregistered copyright protection
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about exceptions to copyright infringements

Additional Learning

To learn more about this topic, review the accompanying lesson called What is Copyright Infringement? - Understanding Copyright Law. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define copyright infringement
  • Use a real-life example to illustrate possible copyright infringement
  • Explain what parody is
  • Provide details about copyright protection
  • Describe unregistered copyright and how it is represented
  • Detail what a registered copyright is and how it is designated
  • List the rights granted by an unregistered and a registered copyright
  • Identify and explain exceptions to copyright infringements