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Name: Copyright Basics
ID: m41215
Language: English (en)
Summary: Copyright Basics is the beginning of a study of copyright in the United States in the 21st century. It is written for the college or high school student with no background in copyright or legal issues.
Subject: Social Sciences
Keywords: college, copyright, Students, university
License: Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0

Authors: Marcia Keyser (
Copyright Holders: Marcia Keyser (
Maintainers: Marcia Keyser (

Latest version: 1.6 (history)
First publication date: Oct 7, 2011 2:19 pm -0500
Last revision to module: Nov 4, 2011 1:38 pm -0500


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Version History

Version: 1.6 Nov 4, 2011 1:38 pm -0500 by Marcia Keyser
Corrected dates depicting length of copyright

Version: 1.5 Nov 1, 2011 3:53 pm -0500 by Marcia Keyser
Updating tracking

Version: 1.4 Nov 1, 2011 3:38 pm -0500 by Marcia Keyser
Checking tracking #

Version: 1.3 Nov 1, 2011 3:27 pm -0500 by Marcia Keyser
Added G. Analytics Tracking Code

Version: 1.2 Oct 31, 2011 4:24 pm -0500 by Marcia Keyser
Viewed Google Analytics location

Version: 1.1 Oct 10, 2011 3:34 pm -0500 by Ed Woodward
Removed .jpg illustrations; fixed formatting in a few places.

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