Copyright Interview

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  • To whom it may concern,

    I am conducting an I-Search project concerning the Copyright Act (of the
    United States and other countries, as well) for my AP English Language
    course. I have been gathering several print, online, and database
    resources for the past few weeks

    I was wondering if administrators would be willing to answer a few questions I
    have about copyright. I feel as though you are very informed in the topic,
    and I would be very grateful for your input. I would appreciate it if you
    could respond by February 11, as I need to incorporate the information
    before the final project deadline.

    My questions:

    If I would like to file a Copyright, how would I go about obtaining one?
    What are the penalties if one violates the Copyright Act? What are some of
    the circumstances in which a person, group of people, or business would be
    exempted from the Copyright Act?

    Personally, what are your predictions about the future of Copyright with
    the ongoing problems concerning online piracy?

    Thank you very much for your time!

  • The first thing I would tell you is to look carefully at the resources linked at our website linked above under resources. Look especially at the Quick Links to the Copyright Code and the Public Domain Chart. The U.S. Copyright Office website ( also includes information about copyright basics and frequently asked questions.

    Good luck on your research!
  • If you want to find out about predictions and controversies, try some of the copyright blogs and clearinghouses:,,,, as well as our own blog.

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