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Copyright grants a sets of exclusive rights to creators, which means that no one else can copy, distribute, perform, adapt or otherwise use the work in violation of those rights. This gives creators the ability to control the use of their works by others. Copyright protection begins the minute a creator fixes a work in a tangible medium. Copyright covers the expression of facts and ideas but not the facts and ideas themselves.

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Copyright: The Basics Infographic Transcript

Copyright: The Basics Infographic