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Joint Works

This lesson explores the concept of a "joint work" in copyright law, including the legal standards which determine whether a work has been jointly authored as well as the legal consequences that attach to this characterization.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between joint works, collective works, and derivative works.
  2. Define the difference between a joint work and a jointly owned copyright.
  3. Explain when joint work status is determined.
  4. List what we know about a work when it is labeled a joint work.
  5. Explain the rights of the individual authors of a joint work.
  6. Explain what an owner of a joint work can do with a work's exclusive rights.
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