April 26, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Carrie on Copyright: Rules of the Game

Is it legit for libraries to offer video game competitions?

Lots of school and public libraries are hosting gaming tournaments, featuring popular video games like Guitar Hero and Madden Football. Since these games are intended for home use, isn’t that similar to purchasing a movie and showing it to a large audience?

—Curtis L. Clark, library media specialist
Harrisonville (MO) Middle School

Everyone seems to be asking that question! Video games come with licensing agreements, and before purchasers can play the games, they must […]

Mural, Mural on the Wall

Under the copyright law, even fictional characters have rights

We would like to paint book characters on the walls of our library. Is there a resource that will tell us if a character is copyrighted? —Derek Edmisten, media specialist, Hardin Park Elementary School, Boone, NC

Copyright is automatic. One attains copyright protection as soon as his original, creative expression is fixed in a tangible medium. Copyright registration is no longer required. There is no one place to find out what is […]