US copyright law is designed to protect, and thereby encourage, the work of creative individuals in our society—composers, authors, poets, dramatists, choreographers and others. Under Section 106 of the Copyright Act, copyright owners are granted five exclusive rights:
It is a violation of copyright law to exercise any of these rights without permission from the copyright owner. Sometimes the copyright owner is an individual, and sometimes it is a publisher or organization. To determine the copyright status and/or owner, look for a © symbol or the word copyright followed by the name of the copyright holder. If you are unsure of a work’s copyright status, it is a good idea to check with the publisher or Web site administrator where the work is published.
IMPORTANT REMINDER: Ownership of a copyright and ownership of a material object in which the copyrighted work appears are entirely separate things. This means that purchasing a book that includes protected material does not transfer the copyright owner’s exclusive rights. A copyright owner’s exclusive rights (reproduction, adaptation, distribution, performance, and display) can only be transferred by a written agreement. A person who buys a copy of a book owns that book, but acquires no copyright permissions to any of the works contained therein (such as a hymnal or songbook).
For more detailed information on US copyright law, see the US Copyright Office Web Site
For information on NPH copyrights, see Copyright FAQ.
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