Copyright applies to: paper books, magazines and e-books ; vinyl, cassettes, CDs and music downloads; radio, television, satellite, 'listen again' and podcasts; board games and digital ones; film, video and DVD; trade marks and branding - Digtal isn't different!
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Copyright applies however you are getting the 'stuff' - through your phone, MP3 player, notebook, i-pad, laptop, pc, satellite, TV, radio, cinema, library, news or even your retro 'Dansette' record player!
Take some photographs; compose a song; create an artwork; write an essay; they’re not just ideas because creating a digital image file, writing down the lyrics, making a recording of the music or painting an image 'fixes' them - and when a creative expression is 'fixed', as long as it's ORIGINAL of course, it’s your copyright!
You listen to some music and look at some photographs on the internet – they’re someone else’s copyright. Copyright from the USER point of view.
If you copy the music and images onto your laptop or phone and take them into school for a project although you've copied them and moved them onto another piece of equipment they remain someone else's copyright. Copyright from the RE-USER point of view.
You can't copyright an 'idea' - it has to be 'fixed' (written down, published, recorded, etc.)
BTW - Copyright is just one category of 'Intellectual Property' - the others are Patents (for ideas and inventions and which have to be applied for and checked ); Design Rights (for the look of things) and Trade Marks (for brand-names, logos, etc. and which have to be registered).
Digital technologies have made it possible for everyone not just to be 'consumers' of other people’s copyright 'stuff' or a creator of new copyright works – books, music, games, film, etc – but also for everyone to be a re-user, a publisher and a distributor as well.
You are free to re-use and adapt this diagram under a Creative Commons CC-BY-SA licence. If you adapt it and re-publish or share it you should keep the CC-BY-SA licence with the new work so other people know that they can also carry on the development. Knowledge and ideas shared. What's Creative Commons ?
The 'digital world' is multi-dimensional - and you often have to think about copyright form several different directions during a single activity - like publishing a blog entry with images you didn't take yourself or adding music to a film.
Making a presentation for a lesson using maps and diagrams and images and quotations. You search around to study the topic (that's you being a USER); summarise stuff we all know (that's facts or not original so doesn't count); you create some of it (that's you being CREATOR), you borrow some from other people's websites (that's you being a RE-USER) and have to check the permissions are OK and then you pack it all up into a file or ap in the school VLE so other people can see it (that's you being a DISTRIBUTOR and perhaps PUBLISHER). So you've been a USER, RE-USER and PRESENTOR/DISTRIBUTOR and maybe PUBLISHER all in one go!
About Copyright and Copyright for 'Creators'
Copyright for 'Consumers' and Copyright in School
Copyright and Images - photos, pixs and artwork.
Copyright and Film - a multimedia and therefore, multicopyright world.
Copyright and Music - hot topic!
Projects - managing copyright and managing 'risks'.
These pages link to the other sections of the wesbite for further information.