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And then there's Copyright

copyright Copyright insures that the person who created something - whether a book or a piece of music - is reimbursed for his intellectual work. If there were no copyright protection, there would be no economic incentive to create these works.

A copyright is a set of legal rights that an author has over his work for a limited period of time. Copyright covers everything from using images or sound files from the Web to photocopying.

Most information is protected by copyright. The exception is work that is in the "public domain, " which can be reproduced or used by anyone. However, you still must credit the author. Some examples of public domain sources:

Public Domain Sources Examples
Publications of the U.S. Government constitution U.S. laws and other publications of the Federal government, the U.S. Constitution
Copyright has been waived by the author.   Software called freeware and items with a Creative Commons license.
Works on which the copyright has expired shakespeare Works by William Shakespeare
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Original InfoRM material © 2011 by the Liberty University Jerry Falwell Library. This tutorial incorporates material from SBU Library Research Guide, a tutorial developed by the Stony Brook University Libraries, © 2004, from Inflite, a tutorial developed by IUPUI, © 2003, from Searchpath, a tutorial developed by the Western Michigan University Library, © 2001-2002, and from TILT, a tutorial developed by the Digital Information Literacy Office for the University of Texas System Digital Library, © 1998-2002. This material may be reproduced, distributed, or incorporated, provided that appropriate credit is given.