chapter  4
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An Overview of Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright can be complicated and is often misunderstood. The basic principle of copyright is to protect a creator’s rights of reproducing the work, distributing copies of the work, making derivative works, publicly performing or displaying the work. Copyright protection covers all literary and artistic works, encompassing diverse forms of creativity, such as writings (both fiction and nonfiction, including scientific and technical texts) and computer programs; databases that are original due to the selection or arrangement of their contents; musical works; audiovisual works; and works of fine art including drawings, paintings, and photographs (WIPO, p. 29).