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Ask the expert: Determining whether a work is copyrighted

Nurse Leader Insider, October 18, 2010

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This week, Adrianne E. Avillion, DEd, RN, discusses how to check for copyright infringement before creating an educational or training activity that uses outside sources. 

Q:  When researching material for creating an educational or training activity, how can I find out whether a work is copyrighted?


A:  Some may think that as long as they don’t charge for a work, it’s all right to include copyrighted materials from others without permission. This is not true! To be safe, you always need to find out whether a work is copyrighted and ask for permission to use the content before including all of it or part of it in your own work.


The first thing to do is to thoroughly search the work itself to see whether a copyright symbol (©) or the word “copyright” is present anywhere. If you find either, then yes, that work is copyrighted. To include any of that content directly in your work as is, you need to first ask the author or owner for permission to use it.


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