- Copyright protects expressions, not ideas. For example, an idea for a love song cannot be copyrighted. The song must exist as a recording or written music to constitute an expression. (p.2)
- Certain expressions cannot be copyrighted. For example, a calendar or a list of ingredients. A recipe, however, can be protected; such as Colonel Sanders's recipe for Kentucky Fried Chicken.(p.4)
- Once an expression is in a concrete medium, for example, a drawing, it has a degree of copyright protection. That means even a doodling on a notebook corner, has copyright protection. (p. 3)
- In order to file a law suit, the expression in question must be registered at with the U.S. Copyright Office. Simply visit www.loc.gov/copyright/ (p.4)
- Public domain is information that is no longer protected by copyright. There are many public domain web sites, such as http://gutenberg.net/ that has free electronic texts and e-books. (p.7)
Russell, C. (Ed.). (2004). Complete copyright: An everyday guide for librarian. American Librarians Association.