Copyright law, as defined in Title 17 of the United States Code, protects "original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression" for a limited period. Copyright protection includes, for instance, the legal right to publish, sell, display, and reproduce literary, artistic or musical work, and applies both to traditional media (books, records, etc.) and to digital media (electronic journals, web sites, etc.).
Specifically, it protects the following eight categories of works:
This video from the Copyright Clearance Center covers the basics of copyright in a brief, informative, and interesting way. You are encouraged to watch it.
Remember, you may use a copyrighted work in your class if you (depending on the individual circumstance):
This guide is provided for informational purposes only. The PVCC Jessup librarians are unable to dispense legal advice.