One of the most difficult issues for educators and librarians, when faced with a copyright problem, is simply knowing where to begin — which parts of the legal rules and doctrines apply to this specific problem.
To deal with this uncertainty, we suggest working through the following five questions, in the order they are presented. They are simple questions, but they are not easy to answer; all of the material we cover in this course is relevant to addressing one or more of them. But by working through them in order, it is possible to identify which of the parts of copyright law apply to the specific problem or fact pattern that you need to address.
The five questions that form this framework for copyright analysis are:
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