Learning Engine Video Series

The Learning Engine series of videos introduces copyright concepts and the Copyright Office to those who may be new to the topic or who want to learn more. More videos will be added in the future here and to our YouTube channel. Subscribe to the channel to be notified when new videos are available.

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What is Copyright?


Learn about what copyright involves, including what types of works are subject to copyright protection.


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Copyright on the Internet


Learn what to do when you find information on the Internet you would like to use.


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Hey, That’s My Idea!


Copyright generally doesn’t cover ideas. Learn how this applies through examples of instances when ideas are not protected under the law.


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Fair Use


In this video, find out what “fair use” is and how it applies when you are looking to use a copyright-protected


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Copyright Registration


While registration is not a requirement for copyright protection, it does provide several important benefits. Discover those benefits and learn what happens when your registration application reaches the Copyright Office.


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What is the Public Domain?


The public domain covers works not protected by copyright. Learn which works are in the public domain and how works become a part of it.


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Copyright Records


The U.S. Copyright Office maintains the largest index of copyright ownership in the world. In this video, see how the format and index method changed over the centuries and what you can find in our records!


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Searching the Public Records


Are you looking for something in our collection of public records? This video provides tips on finding the records you want among the millions of records in our card catalog, Catalog of Copyright Entries, copyright record books, and recorded documents.


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Debunking Common Copyright Myths


There are lot of misconceptions about copyright. We debunk five of the most common ones here.


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Recordation


Along with registration, the U.S. Copyright Office handles recordation. Find out more about the documents the Office records that are related to copyright ownership , including transfer of copyright ownership and other documents pertaining to copyright.


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What Can We Do For You


The U.S. Copyright Office provides many services to the public. In this video, discover what these services are. For more detailed information about specific services, please watch our videos on Registration, Recordation, and Copyright Records.


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Notice and Takedown


While online, you may have come across work that infringes on someone's rights under copyright law or seen material removed by a service provider. This video explains copyright law's notice-and-takedown system so you can understand your options if someone infringes your copyright-protected material or you receive a takedown notice.


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