Basic Copyright Law Trivia Quiz

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  • 1. 

    What types of work are copyrighted? Check all that apply.

    • A.

      Dramatic

    • B.

      Musical

    • C.

      Graphical

    • D.

      Speeches

    • E.

      Literary

    Correct Answer(s)
    A. Dramatic
    B. Musical
    C. Graphical
    D. Speeches
    E. Literary
    Explanation
    The types of work that are copyrighted include dramatic works such as plays and scripts, musical works such as songs and compositions, graphical works such as paintings and illustrations, speeches, and literary works such as books and poems. These types of works are protected by copyright law to ensure that the creators have the exclusive rights to reproduce, distribute, and display their work.

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  • 2. 

    When does someone get copyright protection?

    • A.

      When the author gets paid.

    • B.

      As soon as the work is created.

    • C.

      When it is published with a © symbol.

    • D.

      When it is registered for copyright.

    Correct Answer
    B. As soon as the work is created.
    Explanation
    As soon as the work is created, someone gets copyright protection. This means that the moment an original work is fixed in a tangible form, such as being written down or recorded, it is automatically protected by copyright law. Registration or publication with a © symbol is not necessary to establish copyright, although it can provide additional legal benefits. Similarly, receiving payment or registering for copyright does not determine when someone gets copyright protection.

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  • 3. 

    How long in the U.S. does copyright last?

    • A.

      Forever, as long as someone holds the copyright

    • B.

      70 years after it is created

    • C.

      A person's life plus 70 years after death

    • D.

      It depends on the type of registration that was bought

    Correct Answer
    C. A person's life plus 70 years after death
  • 4. 

    What happens to the work after the copyright time has passed?

    • A.

      It can be bought

    • B.

      There is no time-limit on copyright

    • C.

      The work must be destroyed

    • D.

      It goes into the public domain

    Correct Answer
    D. It goes into the public domain
    Explanation
    After the copyright time has passed, the work goes into the public domain. This means that the work is no longer protected by copyright and can be freely used, copied, distributed, and modified by anyone without permission or payment to the original creator. This allows for the work to be accessed and utilized by the public for various purposes, such as education, research, creativity, and innovation.

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  • 5. 

    Something must have the © sign to be copyrighted.

    • A.

      True, how else would you know if it was in the public domain or not?

    • B.

      False, a work belongs to the creator whether or not there is a © symbol

    Correct Answer
    B. False, a work belongs to the creator whether or not there is a © symbol
    Explanation
    The correct answer is false because copyright protection automatically applies to a work as soon as it is created, regardless of whether or not it has the © symbol. The symbol is not required for copyright ownership or to determine if a work is in the public domain. The © symbol is simply a way for the creator to indicate their copyright and provide notice to others.

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  • 6. 

    What is fair use?

    • A.

      Paying the creator a fair price for the work

    • B.

      Using paid-for commercial products once and not sharing them

    • C.

      Limited copying or distribution of published works without the author's permission

    • D.

      Freeware that you obtain from the Internet

    Correct Answer
    C. Limited copying or distribution of published works without the author's permission
    Explanation
    Fair use refers to the limited copying or distribution of published works without the author's permission. This concept allows for certain uses of copyrighted material, such as for criticism, commentary, news reporting, teaching, or research, without infringing on the rights of the copyright holder. Fair use is not about paying a fair price for the work, using paid-for commercial products once, or obtaining freeware from the internet.

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  • 7. 

    What are the four factors that determine if the use of copyrighted material falls under fair use?

    • A.

      Purpose, Content, Amount, and Market Effect

    • B.

      Purpose, Amount, Environment, and Market Effect

    • C.

      Depth of Work, Use, Nature, and Market Effect

    • D.

      Purpose, Nature, Amount, and Market EFfect

    Correct Answer
    D. Purpose, Nature, Amount, and Market EFfect
    Explanation
    The four factors that determine if the use of copyrighted material falls under fair use are Purpose, Nature, Amount, and Market Effect. Purpose refers to the intention behind the use of the material, whether it is for educational, transformative, or commercial purposes. Nature refers to the type of work being used, such as whether it is factual or creative. Amount refers to the portion of the work being used, considering both the quantitative and qualitative aspects. Market Effect refers to the potential impact of the use on the market value or potential market for the original work.

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  • 8. 

    Non-profit and educational uses will generally be considered more likely types of fair use as opposed to:

    • A.

      Fact Checking/News Reporting

    • B.

      Research/Scientific Use

    • C.

      For-Profit/Commercial Use

    • D.

      Prospective/Respective Uses

    Correct Answer
    C. For-Profit/Commercial Use
    Explanation
    Non-profit and educational uses are generally considered more likely to be fair use because they serve the public interest by providing access to information and knowledge without seeking financial gain. On the other hand, for-profit or commercial use involves using copyrighted material for monetary purposes, which may harm the market value of the original work and is less likely to be considered fair use.

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  • 9. 

    Mr. Smith rents a video and brings it to school. As a reward, the video is shown in the multipurpose room to reward students with perfect attendance. This is fair use.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    "Entertainment" and "reward" are excluded under copyright guidelines. To show a movie for entertainment purposes, he must obtain a version from an authorized distributer who can license you to show it.

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  • 10. 

    A teacher rents Gone With the Wind to show the burning of Atlanta scene to her class while studying the civil war. This is fair use.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The video is being used for instructional purposes.

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  • 11. 

    A student is doing a multimedia report and wants to use a small portion of of Kennedy's "We Shall Go to the Moon" speech. He presents the report to his class and then posts it on the school's LOCAL area network. This is fair use.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The length and its use for education is fair use. Since it cannot be seen by the outside world, posting the report on the local network is fine.

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  • 12. 

    A student is writing a report for science class and uses copyright images downloaded from the Internet and cited correctly. He submits his project to a competition that recognizes classroom work for students and wins a prize for the school. This is covered under fair use.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The competition was designed for students. If the projects were distributed on CD-ROM or posted on a website, the copyright would be violated.

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  • 13. 

    A student transfers an .mp3 recording of a popular song to her classmate's phone to put in the presentation she plans to use for a contest. This is fair use.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    The copy must be legally obtained. The student was using an unauthorized copy.

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  • 14. 

    A history teacher taped the original ABC news report showing Richard Nixon leaving the White House after he resigned. She made it at home on her personal VCR and used her own tape. She uses the entire news program every year in her classroom. This is fair use.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Videotapes of publicly broadcast shows can only be shown for 10 days afterwards unless the copyright holder grants allowances for educators.

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  • 15. 

    A teacher produces a student video that they sell at the end of the year to buy equipment for the school. They use well-known popular music clips. The money all goes to the school and the songs are fully listed in the credits. This is covered under fair use.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    This is not instructional use. You may not use copyrighted material for non-instructional purposes. The money being charged is irrelevant.

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  • 16. 

    In order to have your intellectual property LEGALLY protected by copyright, you must file an application with the U.S. Copyright Office BEFORE anyone tries to use your work. 

    • A.

      This statement is true.

    • B.

      This statement is false.

    • C.

      You do not have to apply for copyright protection with the U.S. Copyright Office in order for your work to be protected by copyright law.

    • D.

      People who make enough money from the intellectual property must get copyright protection from the U.S. Copyright Office.

    Correct Answer
    C. You do not have to apply for copyright protection with the U.S. Copyright Office in order for your work to be protected by copyright law.
    Explanation
    The correct answer states that you do not have to apply for copyright protection with the U.S. Copyright Office in order for your work to be protected by copyright law. This is true because copyright protection is automatic and begins as soon as the work is created and fixed in a tangible form. Registering with the Copyright Office provides additional benefits and legal advantages, but it is not required for copyright protection.

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