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DI 20100 : Introduction to Design Innovation

This Research Guide is intended for students in the course DI 20100 taught by Abe Avnisan and J.R. Campbell

What is a copyright?

Copyright is a legal means of protecting an author's work. It is a type of intellectual property that provides exclusive publication, distribution, and usage rights for the author. Many different types of content can be protected by copyright. Examples include books, poems, plays, songs, films, and artwork.

What is copyright infringement?

Copyright infringement, aka piracy, is the use of works protected by copyright law without permission, infringing certain exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder, such as the right to reproduce, distribute, display or perform the protected work, or to make derivative works. The copyright holder is typically the work's creator, or a publisher or other business to whom copyright has been assigned. Copyright holders routinely invoke legal and technological measures to prevent and penalize copyright infringement.

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Selected courses from LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly, is an online education company offering thousands of video courses in software, creative, and business skills. All Kent State faculty, staff, and students have access to LinkedIn Learning at no charge. Login at .  Here is a list of just a few of the programs on copyright available on LinkedIn Learning

  • Copyright for Creatives: Protecting Your Work
  • Copyright for Photographers
  • Understanding Copyright: A Deeper Dive
  • Music Law: Copyrighting a Song
  • Respecting Copyrights
  • Copyright and Fair Use
  • Plagiarism and Copyright Infringement

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