Module 1 Copyright Basics & Requesting Information

Introduction Quiz

1) Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution provides the authority to establish copyright law. 1 of 10. Answer correctly to proceed.
4) When does copyright ownership and protection begin?
  1. When the government approves your application
  2. At the moment of fixation.
  3. When the work is published
  4. None of the above.
4 of 10. Answer correctly to proceed.
5) You can own a physical object, such as a book, music CD, or a painting without owning the copyright in the work contained in the physical object. 5 of 10. Answer correctly to proceed.
6) Match the three elements that determine whether a work is protected by copyright to its definition.
  1. Work is the product of at least a minimal level of creativity.
  2. Work owes origin and independent creation to an author.
  3. Work exists in a medium that can be seen, read, or heard.
6 of 10. Answer correctly to proceed.
7) Works created/produced by federal government employees within the scope of their employment are in the public domain. 7 of 10. Answer correctly to proceed.
8) Presently, copyright protection for published works lasts:
  1. Life of author, plus 70 years.
  2. Indefinitely.
  3. Life of author, plus 50 years.
  4. None of the above.
8 of 10. Answer correctly to proceed.
9) The following are works protected by copyright law: Literature, pantomime, sculptures, and motion pictures. 9 of 10. Answer correctly to proceed.
10) A copyright owner has the exclusive right to or authorize others to:
  1. Prepare derivative works
  2. Reproduce the work
  3. Publicly display the work
  4. A and C
  5. All of the above
10 of 10.


Copyright Ownership: An individual or a legal entity (group, association, business, corporation, etc.) who “own” a created work, either because they authored the creation, or because it was legally transferred to them.

Copyright Protection: Legal protection provided to copyright owners from the misuse of their created works by others.

Exclusive Rights: A set of rights only available to a particular individual or group, such as copyright owners. The exclusive rights of a copyright owner include the ability to control how their work is reproduced, adapted, displayed, performed, and distributed.

Public Domain: Publications and products that are not protected under copyright law and do not require the permission of the copyright owner to use. Note that anything published in the U.S. prior to 1923 is in the public domain.

Tangible Medium: A work that exists in a format from which the creator’s expression can be read, seen, or heard, either directly or by the aid of a machine.

Unprotected Materials: Works that are not protected by copyright law, such as facts, names, slogans, ideas, those works existing in the public domain and those produced by federal government employees within the scope of their employment.