Introduction
Copyright is not a black and white issue.

It is a rare for a copyright issue to be decided with a firm, un-debatable answer.

This book will give you a solid background in what copyright law says, how it is commonly interpreted, and how to interpret it for yourself. Furthermore, it will look at how different interpretations of copyright law can significantly affect the lives of many people.
The author is not an expert. She is an academic librarian who has been reading, writing, and presenting about copyright for over seven years. She has attended numerous copyright-oriented conferences and workshops, a law school class on copyright, and two online classes.

A note about lawyers: Lawyers advise you what to do in specific given situations. They are wonderful, essential professionals. People who are “academics” question things. I am an academic. I’ll cover the general facts, and then start asking questions. Things like “How will this affect these people?” “How do the actions of the people affect it?”; “How will this interpretation of the law affect this practice?”; “How do these people benefit from this part of the law?”

There are no right or wrong answers, only answers with better & worse arguments behind them.

Nothing in this class is to be construed as legal advice.

Spelling & usage of copyright, copyrighted, copyrightable:
The word “copywriter” refers to a person who produces “copy” (aka text) for a newspaper, advertising agency, web site, etc.

What does “right” mean?: “Right” vs. “Right” “You have the privilege to” vs. “You are correct”. Watch for how the word is being used and use it yourself correctly. (It's also used to mean a political position and a physical direction).