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Copyright FAQ

What is copyright?

Copyright is an automatic legal form of protection for creators of “original works of authorship.”  Copyright owners have the exclusive right to:


What materials does copyright apply to?

Copyright is an automatic legal form of protection, and so the work does not need to bear the copyright symbol (©) to be protected. As soon as a work is “fixed in a medium,” it is protected. The medium can be print, recording or otherwise. Copyrighted materials are often marked by the symbol (©) and usually by the date and the company or person who owns the copyright.

Commonly copyrighted materials include:

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What does that mean at CW Print + Design?

At CW Print + Design, we cannot and will not make copies of or print copyrighted works without prior permission from the copyright owner. IT IS ILLEGAL TO REPRODUCE COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL.

Are there any exceptions?

The “Fair Use” doctrine allows LIMITED copying of copyrighted works for purposes such as criticism, news reporting, teaching and research. Copying of a small portion of a large work (such as a few pages from a book) is generally permitted under the fair use doctrine.

Still Not Sure?

If you have questions about whether or not your material can be copied, please contact us. We are happy to look at the project and we'll use our best discretion to determine if your project is able to be copied. 



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