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Protecting your own work

We are all creators. We own the copyright to our work. That includes everything from diaries to the short stories we write for class to the notes in my detective's notebook.

There are a few exceptions to this rule:

There's a phrase for those things that we create. It's "intellectual property".

"Intellectual property (IP) refers to creations of the mind: inventions, literary and artistic works, and symbols, names, images, and designs used in commerce." -- World Intellectual Property Organization

Here's the checklist for what we will cover in this section of the tutorial:


After completing this section of the tutorial, you will:

  • Identify what is needed to establish copyright for your own works
  • Identify different types of Creative Commons licenses
  • Identify strategies for working with publishers
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updated: 9/8/11