We keep coming back to Copyright issues because they are so important to the integrity of our marketplace but also because many people look at them as a gray area and don't really understand what they can and can't do. While there may be hundreds of legal details involving the use of copyrighted materials, the basic principles of the U.S. and international copyright laws are pretty simple -- if it is an "original work of authorship," you may not use it without the permission of its creator. And just to be safe, always ask.
state that any "original work of authorship" is protected
from the moment of its creation. It is very important to understand
such a work need not be registered with the U.S. Copyright Office
enjoy copyright protection. Infringements can result in severe
as well a significant legal expenses which is no fun for anyone but
The U.S. Copyright
Law is simply the governments best attempt to provide
creative people with the legal clout to benefit financially from
creations. It is not, as some seem to think, a roadblock to
dissemination of information. In truth, lawmakers have bent
backwards to make sure information is widely disseminated. A "fact"
On the Cutcaster website there will be information about creators
and any restrictions that may be associated with a particular video
Students and others interested in using photographs without charge
find many usable stock photos by going to any internet search
engine such as
Google or Yahoo and typing in "free photography" of
"free stock photography." If you need help let us know.
For more information click here or to see Cutcaster's
Copyright Policy click here.