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United States copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code § 101) protects the rights and the creators. The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to do and to authorize the following:
Copyright protection covers both published and unpublished works as well as out-of-print materials.
Facts, ideas, procedures, processes, systems, concepts, principles, or discoveries cannot be copyrighted, though some can be protected by patent or trade-secret laws.
Copyright limits, but does not prevent the use of work for teaching and research, and for comment and reportage.
Copyright protection lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. If there is more than one author, copyright protection lasts for the life of the last author's death plus 70 years.
The Copyright Crash Course (CCC) was originally created with UT Faculty in mind, but can be used by anyone interested in understanding more about copyright as well as managing their copyrights. The Copyright Crash Course is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.