COPYRIGHT is a bundle of rights. The rights defined in copyright law are exclusive rights of the copyright holder – the author or creator. These include the rights to:
- or prepare derivative works
- to perform or display the work, or
- to authorize others to do any of those things
- These rights are alienable – meaning you can give them away or sell them giving away or selling others.
- You may grant licenses for these rights – which can be exclusive (meaning just the one person or entity you define may use the right or rights) or non-exclusive (meaning that anyone or any entity may use the right or rights).
- These rights are also divisible – meaning you can retain some rights while giving away or selling other rights.
Creative Commons was developed to created a middle ground between ALL RIGHTS RESERVED and NO RIGHTS RESERVED.
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How do you violate copyright?
You violate copyright when you fail to give compensation, or use ideas (content,images, music) WITHOUT getting permission, even if you give credit.
There are some exceptions in copyright law, where you can use items under the U.S. doctrine of Fair Use. Fair Use covers uses such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.
If you have general questions*, you can contact us at
For actual legal advice, you will need to consult with a lawyer rather then a librarian. You can contact the UT System: Office of the General Council