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Did you know that whenever you write a poem or story or even a paper for your class, or a drawing or other artwork, you automatically own the copyright to it? Copyright is a form of protection given to the authors or creators of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and other intellectual works. What that means is that, as the author of the work, you alone have the right to do any of the following or to let others do any of the following:

  • make copies of your work;

  • distribute copies of your work;

  • perform your work publicly (such as for plays, film, dances or music);

  • display your work publicly (such as for artwork, or stills from audiovisual works, or any material used on the Internet or television); and

  • make “derivative works” (including making modifications, adaptations or other new uses of a work, or translating the work to another media).


In general, it is illegal for anyone to do any of the things listed above with a work created by you without your permission, but there are some exceptions and limitations to your rights as a copyright holder.
Make the best use of Fair Use!  Use this site to understand your rights as an educator.  

Why Care?

1.  It's the law.
2.  It's a violation of school and state policies.
3.  Copyright compliance is part of the curriculum--it's your job!
4.  It's the right thing to do ethically speaking.