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Copyright - basics: What Can be Copied?

In general what can be copied?

  • A chapter from a book (never the entire book).
  • An article from a periodical or newspaper, however
    never an entire issue of a journal
    never more than 5 articles from the same journal in a 12 month period
  • A short story, essay or poem.
    One work is the norm whether it comes from an individual work or an anthology.
  • A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon or picture from a book, periodical, or newspaper.

Poetry and Prose

Poetry

  • Multiple copies of a poem of 250 words or less, that exist on two pages or less;
    or
    250 words from a longer poem.

Prose

  • Multiple copies of an article, story or essay that are 2,500 words or less or
    excerpts up to 1,000 words or
    10 percent of the total work, whichever is less.

Illustrations

  • Multiple copies of a single chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture contained in a book or periodical issue.

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