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Title: Copyright Essentials for Linguists 
Author: Newman, Paul
Date: 2007-06-27
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Citation: Newman, Paul. 2007. Copyright essentials for linguists. Language Documentation & Conservation 1(1):28–43.
Abstract: This paper addresses copyright issues that linguists confront in their capacity as users and creators of scholarly work. It is organized in a simple question-answer format. Questions 1–3 present the basics of U.S. copyright law, including the fundamental nature of copyright as a bundle of intellectual property rights and the role of registration. Questions 4–5 treat issues of copyright notice. Questions 6–8 explain licenses, especially Creative Commons licenses, and the function of an Author’s Addendum. Questions 9–10 look at copyright in the context of online open access publishing. Question 11 discusses the concept of Fair Use. Question 12 analyzes the problem of what are called Orphan Works. Questions 13–19 explore issues of copyright ownership, including Work for Hire, joint authorship, and attribution. Questions 20–22 deal with copyright with specific reference to fieldwork situations and indigenous rights. The paper concludes with a brief presentation of key sources for further study and clarification.
Sponsorship: National Foreign Language Resource Center
ISSN: 1934-5275
Keywords: copyright, Creative Commons, online open access publishing, Fair Use, Orphan Works, Work for Hire, joint authorship, attribution

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