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Key Concepts: Licensing

Copyright holders sometimes license their work, rather than simply selling copies of it.

Licenses impose extra conditions and restrictions on the buyer. These licenses supersede copyright. So, there may some things you can't do with licensed works that would be acceptable if you had bought the work. Licenses can restrict whether you can make copies of the work or whether you can give someone access to it. If you are dealing with a licensed work, investigate and make sure your use agrees with the license.

Next, we'll talk about Fair Use.

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August15, 2011