FAQ of the Week: What exactly is copyright?

What exactly is copyright

Question

What exactly is copyright?

Answer

Copyright is your right of protection in an original work of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression that can be perceived either directly or through the aid of a machine or device.  Copyright protection covers both published and unpublished works.
 
The owner of the copyright can enforce that right of protection against those who make and publish unauthorized copies of their original work.  There are certain exceptions, however, such as when the act of copying is considered “fair use.”