Resource: A copyright primer

American Libraries has a great summary of copyright, as in who holds the copyright of any work you create when employed for someone else. “Copyright for Librarians and Teachers, in a Nutshell” is a must-read for anyone who works in a library or school, or anywhere else.

If you create a graphic or whitepaper for your place of employment, do you get to take it with you? Do you own it or does your employer? “The employer holds the copyright when you create the works on the job, using school resources and technology, and receive a regular paycheck with Social Security and insurance deductions.” Now you know.

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