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Copyright & Creative Commons

This is a guide created by Metro State librarians on Copyright and Creative Commons

Copyright Basics

"Copyright, a form of intellectual property law, protects original works of authorship including literary, dramatic, musical, and artistic works, such as poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software, and architecture. Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems, or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these things are expressed." (from

The Public Domain

Works in the public domain are works that are not protected by copyright law, either because the copyright has expired, the work was dedicated to the public domain, or it is a work for which copyright does not apply.