Logistics of Ownership & Registered Copyrights Self-Quiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If a work is "in the public domain," then:
Choice 1 Anyone is free to use it.
Choice 2 Anyone is free to claim copyrights to it upon filing with the Copyright Office.
Choice 3 A License must be obtained from the Copyright Office to use the work.
Choice 4 There is no such thing.
Early on New Year?s Eve, 1977, Raul Simon writes a song which he intends to perform at the stroke of midnight. Copyrights for this song are:
Choice 1 Determined by the Copyright Act of 1976.
Choice 2 Determined by the Copyright Act of 1978.
Choice 3 Not effective until the song is performed, which creates a problem because January 1, 1978 marks the effective date for a new Act.
Choice 4 None of the above.
In 1980, Joan writes a book title ?My Life & Crimes: A True Fictional Story.? Two years later she dies while doing research for her next book, ?Crime in the City: How Bad Could it Be?? The initial copyright term for her first book will expire:
Choice 1 In 2030, 50 years after it was written, because the Bono Act was not passed until 1998.
Choice 2 In 2032, 50 years after her death, because the Bono Act was not passed until 1998.
Choice 3 In 2052, 70 years after her death, because the Bono Act was not passed until 1998.
Choice 4 In 2052, 70 years after the book was written, because the Bono Act applies.
In 1985 a book titled ?Joan?s Crimes Leading to Her Death, as I Knew Them,? is published and begins appearing in bookstores. The work was written anonymously. The initial copyright term will expire:
Choice 1 In 2055, 70 years after the book was published.
Choice 2 In 2080, 95 years after publication.
Choice 3 In 2105, 120 years after creation.
Choice 4 None of the above – there can be no copyrights in an anonymous work.
One difference between copyright terms under the 1909 Act and the 1976 Act is:
Choice 1 Under the 1909 Act, an author’s works will all enter the public domain at the same time.
Choice 2 Under the 1909 Act, an author’s works will enter the public domain in a staggered manner.
Choice 3 Under the 1976 Act, authors cannot obtain copyrights in nonfictional historical accounts.
Choice 4 Under the 1976 Act, female authors are able to obtain copyrights.
?Poor Man?s Copyright? is:

Choice 1 A process which helps establish the date of creation in case of a later conflict.
Choice 2 Provided for in §102 and permits for fee-free registered copyrights if “extreme hardship” can be demonstrated by the author.
Choice 3 No longer available under the 1976 Act despite its popularity under the 1909 Act.
Choice 4 A great book but a terrible movie.
The transfer of copyrights is authorized by:
Choice 1 The Constitution.
Choice 2 Common law decisions handed down by various courts over the years.
Choice 3 Title 17, Chapter 2 of the United States Code.
Choice 4 The very fact that copyrights are property means that no authorization for transfer is required.

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