Back in the day when there were only three ideas and four pictures in the world, no one had to worry about copyright. By the time there was six ideas and eight pictures, lawyers got in on the act and came up with the notion of copyright. Naturally enough, they copyrighted copyright.*
Now the academic terrain is full of terrifying possibilities for inadvertently violating some litigious dude’s distribution rights. Fear not, Richard White, Copyright and Open Access Superman and One-of-a-Kind helpful chap, is here to help. Richard knows copyright inside and out and he’s not afraid to share his knowledge. Check out his quiz and contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any copyright questions.
Copyright is complex. In the digital age we all deal with copyright every day, even if we’re not really aware of it. Did you take a photo on your phone today? Did you tweet something? Who owns that photo or the text in the Tweet? What can other people do with these things? As research students you really need to know at least some basics of copyright: yours and that of other people whose works you want to build on.
So, try this quick copyright quiz. This is something I use in my face-to-face sessions as a quick way to learn a few basic concepts, ones that are especially relevant to research students.
Ok. You’re back. Wasn’t that fun? Hopefully you did OK. Of course, whether you thought about it or not, by using a Google form both I and Google now have copies of your answers.
Hopefully the quiz raised a few questions for you about your work and the work of others that you’d like to use. I cover some of those questions in my face-to-face sessions so look out for them when they’re advertised – but I’ll also cover some of them in future blog posts, so watch this space.
For now, you can review some of the basic points covered in the quiz by reading our page on copyright for students.
Richard White, Manager, Copyright and Open Access
*As usual, this is completely false.