Copyright: What You Need to Know • Purpose of Copyright Law
Activity: A Copyright Overview


In this lesson, Gretchen McCord describes the purpose of copyright law as being, "to encourage the creation of new works, or to grow the body of knowledge that is out there." Copyright law grants specific rights to the creator, but also limits those rights to protect the rights of users. McCord covers the exclusive rights of the creator and the two categories of limits to the rights: public domain and the right to control uses of protected works.


Create a web or table to organize the ideas presented in this lesson. Fill in the information as it is presented so you can quickly reference McCord's information at a later time. Your web might look something like this:

Copyright Law
Limit 1: Public Domain Limit 2: Use Control
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MLA Citation Collins, Karla B. "Copyright: What You Need to Know: A Copyright Overview ." School Library Connection, October 2019,

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