What does "copyright" mean?
Our nation's founding fathers determined that it was in the public interest that the creative works of a person's mind and spirit should belong, for a limited time, to the creator. The protection of these works is called "copyright". The United States Copyright Law grants to any copyright owner the exclusive rights to original material for a term, which is equal to the length of the life of the author/creator plus 70 years. For works written prior to 1978, the term is 95 years from the date the work was first published. The privilege of reproducing the work belongs to the copyright owner.
Copyright is the legal device that provides the creator of a work the right to control how the work is used. (or person / entity to whom the creator has transferred all or part of her rights) A copyright is a type of property. Like other forms of property, a copyright may be sold by its owner, or otherwise exploited for his economic benefit.
How do I know if the material I want to use has been copyrighted?
Copyright protection exists from the time the work is created in fixed form. The copyright in a work immediately becomes the property of the author who created the work. Most of the time the work will have the registered copyright symbol © printed on it, but every work is protected by copyright regardless of whether the symbol is printed on the work or not. Only the author/creator or those deriving their rights through the author/creator can rightfully claim copyright. If any other party wants to reproduce the material in some manner, permission must be obtained.
Who owns the legal right to make copies?
The original creators (authors and composers) and/or publishers, assigned agents, etc.
Do other countries have copyright laws?
Yes. Most of the world recognizes the need to give incentive and protection to creative persons. Copyrighted material owned by U.S. citizens is protected in many other countries by each country's copyright laws and treaties with the United States.
Who is Barefoot Ministries?
Barefoot Ministries provides resources to equip both youth and youth workers for personal growth and ministry. While Barefootministries.com is the primary avenue through which Barefoot provides resources to youth workers, Barefoot Ministries also provides print resources of many kinds: youth books, Sunday School curriculum, youth Bible quizzing resources, and many other products developed to address the unique needs of youth and youth workers. Click here to go to www.barefootministries.com.