Can I Touch the Baby? Or, Copyright and Fair Use

Babies don’t stay locked up in the bars of a crib, they get enfolded into the family whether they like it or not. Creative works don’t stay untouchably locked up in copyright, either; they get integrated into the culture. When my aunt had twins, I was only able to touch them and play with them […]

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Caring About Sharing: OR, Online Content and Copyright

People hate it when you share germs. Some people also hate it when you share their music, images, memes, fanart, etc. without asking. Sharing can happen very fast, and on a large scale on the internet. Some people and online communities embrace sharing, while others put up pay walls and passwords to prevent people from […]

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The Year was Any Time Before 1923 : OR, The Public Domain…

Pssssssst! Hey you! *shifty eyes* Wanna buy a book? Um, excuse me… quit looking at my trench coat like that! My eyes are up here! You said you want a book right? When was it published? Was it before 1923? Because if it is, you know you don’t have to buy it to read it, […]

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Copyright: can I use that picture?

How do you know if you can use a picture or not? Do I need to cite the source? This graphic, created by The Visual Communication Guy lays it out for us. It was used with his permission (yes I asked). Did you create it yourself? Where will you use it? What rights has the […]

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So, who made this? How to reverse image search

Isn't this charming? But who made it?* Is it copyright protected, public domain, or Creative Commons? It's a common problem these days. You've found a wonderful image online and you want to share it or use it in a slide deck presentation, but -- where did it come from? Who is the artist or photographer? […]

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