Copyright: Good or Bad

What Is Copyright?

Copyright is a legal right which gives someone the ability to do certain things. These things include printing, publishing, performing, and other things as well. Many things can be copyrighted including logos, emblems, music, and parts of websites.

How does copyright affect schools?

How does it hinder learning?

Copyright affects what teachers can teach in the classroom. When material is copyrighted, the school, teachers, or students must buy the material if it is to be used for classroom purposes. In some cases, teachers may chose to pirate the material so the students can benefit from the work being used. Although this is possible, it is not legal and therefore a lot of good teaching moments can go unseen because of copyright.

How does it benefit students?

Copyright benefits student just as it does any other person (no matter the age) because it is equally inclusive of all people. This benefits students because it protects their own creative material just as the same law hinders them from using others.

How does copyright work?

Copyright is a type of protection of creative works in the United States. It covers all works, published and unpublished, so therefore if a person does not publish their work it is still protected under the US copyright law. Although, there are benefits to having your work published. One benefit is it makes the fact of your copyright on the public record which proves it was your work. This also means if you wrote a essay that it is already copyrighted. When you own a copyright you have the ability to show off your work, perform it, make copies of it, share it, or change it. You can also give others the ability to do the same thing.

What is a poor man's copyright?

A poor man's copyright is a common misconception in which a person would send a copy of their work to themselves via the US postal service in order to register the work. This is however not true. The federal copyright office explains on their website that, "There is no provision in the copyright law regarding any such type of protection, and it is not a substitute for registration."

Is Copyright valid everywhere?

The short answer to this question is no. Although the US has copyright relationships with other countries, it does not have them with all. This means your copyright will not be recognized by every country.

Difference Between Copyright, Patent, and Trademark

The main difference between them is what they protect


  • A copyright is protects original works of authorship
  • Ideas and discoveries are not protected by the Copyright law
  • The way these ideas are expressed may be


  • a patent protects ideas or discoveries


  • a trademark protects words, phrases, symbols, or designs


In Conclusion, a copyright protects certain things for the author. Everything is copyrighted the second it is created, but there are benefits to having it registered. Copyright also hinders learning, but also benefits the students.


Created with images by earlynovelsdatabase - "Memoirs of a man of pleasure (copyright)" • Marco Raaphorst - "who owns the copyright?" • kevin dooley - "School bus" • BusinessSarah - "Copyright, Patent, or Trademark?"

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