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Copyright and Piracy

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Introduction

Copyright is the exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise benefit from a literary, musical, or artistic work. It provides legal protection so that other people can’t use an original expression of an idea. Copyrighted works are protected for the lifetime of the author or creator and for a period of 50 years after his or her death.

You may have heard the term intellectual property. Intellectual property refers to original ideas that are protected by copyright laws. In our digital age, intellectual property can range from DVDs to video games to e-books. You cannot copy someone else’s intellectual property for the purposes of distribution.

Copyright has become a more complicated issue because of the Internet. There is a lot of information online that is copied and shared. Some of it is copyrighted and some of it is not. It’s hard to know where it comes from and if you have the right to copy it or share it.

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