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November 18, 2012
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 What is Copyright?

"Copyright is a legal concept, enacted by most governments, giving the creator of an original work exclusive rights to it, usually for a limited time. Generally, it is "the right to copy", but also gives the copyright holder the right to be credited for the work, to determine who may adapt the work to other forms, who may perform the work, who may financially benefit from it, and other related rights. Copyright is a form of intellectual property like the patent, the trademark, and the trade secret."

"Copyright may apply to a wide range of creative, intellectual, or artistic forms, or "works". Specifics vary by jurisdiction, but these can include poems, theses, plays, otherliterary works, movies, dances, musical compositions, audio recordings, paintings, drawings,sculptures, photographs, software, radia and television broadcasts, and industrial designs."

"Copyright does not cover ideas and information themselves, only the form or manner in which they are expressed.  For example, the copyright to a Mickey Mouse cartoon restricts others from making copies of the cartoon or creating derivative works based on Walt DIsney's particular anthropomorphic  mouse, but does not prohibit the creation of other works about anthropomorphic mice in general, so long as they are different enough to not be judged copies of Disney's."

"Copyright laws are standardized somewhat through international conventions such as the Berne Convention and Universal Copyright Convention. These multilateral treaties have been ratified by nearly all countries, and international organizations such as the Eurpean Union or World Trade Organization require their member states to comply with them. In all countries where the Berne Convention standards apply, copyright
is automatic, and need not be obtained through official registration with any government office."

"The Berne Convention states that all works except photographic and cinematographic shall be copyrighted for at least 50 years after the author's death, but parties are free to provide longer terms, as the EU did with the 1993 Directive on harmonising the term of copyright protection.  For photography, the Berne Convention sets a minimum term of 25 years from the year the photograph was created, and for cinematography the minimum is 50 years after first showing, or 50 years after creation if it hasn't been shown within 50 years after the creation. Countries under  the older revisions of the treaty may choose to provide their own protection terms, and certain types of works (such as phonorecords and motion pictures) may be provided shorter terms."

"If the author is unknown, because for example the author was deliberately anonymous or worked under a pseudonym, the Convention provides for a term of 50 years after publication ("after the work has been lawfully made available to the public"). However if the identity of  the author becomes known, the copyright term for known authors (50 years after death) applies."

"To this date, there are 165 countries that are  parties of the Berne Convention."

- from Wikipedia articles  CopyrightBerne Convention

 Some Cautions!!

Police In most cases it does not matter how much of the material you have used. Whether it's a single frame, a few moments of audio, a short clip of video or any other sampling it's still considered to be copyrighted and you still require the owner's permission for use.

Police It doesn't matter how you obtained the material, it's still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.

Police It doesn't matter whether or not you've credited the proper owner, it's still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.

Police It doesn't matter if you are making a profit or not, it's still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.

Police It doesn't matter if you can find other people using things without permission, it's still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.

Police It doesn't matter if you've edited it a little bit or made a few alterations, if it's recognizable it's still considered copyrighted and you still need permission.

 dA Help

FAQ #2: Where can I find the official deviantART Copyright Policy?
FAQ #8: What are violations of the deviantART copyright policy?
FAQ #81: How can I create links to other deviants, deviations, or websites? 
FAQ #217: What are "Stock and Resources" and can I use them in my submissions?
FAQ #250: The laws of my country differ from those of the United States- which ones apply?
FAQ #257: What sort of permission do I need to use someone else's work?
FAQ #814: Should I put a signature, watermark or copyright notice on my art before submitting it?

Further Info You may also want to read this article Of Copyright & Premades by kuschelirmel
Further Info You may also want to read this article Stock and Resources: Policy Clarification by dxd
Further Info You may also want to read this article Premade Backgrounds and Group Submission Changes by CelticStrm-Stock

 Deeper Info and Tips for you
Point Right The Berne Convention - Complete
Point Right Stop Internet Plagiarism - Article full of tips, based on experience + interesting links to get deeper into the topic
Point Right TinEye Reverse SearchEngine - Find your Art
Point Right Google Reverse Image Search - Find your Art

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DrinkTeaOrDie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
Hey there! I'm the owner of :iconunknown-artists-club: and I was wondering if I could post this journal in my group so that my members could learn these very important facts about copyright? I would of course credit your group/this journal for being the original poster.

Thanks for your time and consideration. :)
poserfan-stock Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Professional
Why don't you invite the Journal to your gallery or link to it? I'll accept the request. Post either the link code or the thumb code in the custom boxes, where you want to show the info. Other groups do it exactly this way.

I'm going to update the Journal in the future if necessary or more questions arise, so it's the easiest way....
DrinkTeaOrDie Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2012  Student Filmographer
All right then. :)
Nolamom3507 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012
Good information. I teach my economics and government students a bit about copyrights, and this is information I can use there too.
poserfan-stock Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional
Thanks! Glad to be of help to you! ;)
WDWParksGal-Stock Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
From here on in, regardless of the group I am working in, I am going to send a link to this journal regarding copyright when coming across violators!!
poserfan-stock Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional
Be my guest! :D
Uniquely-Designed Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
excellent entry
poserfan-stock Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2012  Professional
Thank you! :D
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