Game: Copyright 101 Quiz

Since my last game was at least three shades of cruel and almost unsolvable. I’ve decided to give it another try, this time time with a much more simple premise and fewer tactics worthy of Dr. House.

This time around the rules are much more straightforward Ten questions, all of them basic copyright questions, and one bonus that should be at least a little bit of a stumper. There are no trick questions, all are solvable and this is even an open book test.

The only rules are that no lawyers are allowed, this is for my fellow laypeople only, and to win the game outright you have to get at least the first seven correct and then the bonus. If no one can do that, then I’ll take whoever has the most questions right along with the bonus. If no one gets the bonus, then its the most right answers.

Clearly, the term “bonus” is something of a misnomer.

The prize, as usual, is a hearty congratulations and a link in tomorrow’s post, which will include the results/answers. Time starts once this is posted live and ends at 6 AM ET tomorrow.

Good luck to everyone. Due to the nature of this contest I will not be responding to comments until tomorrow morning. I’m looking forward to seeing how you do! Also, don’t forget, these questions are based upon U.S. law, your mileage may vary.


1) What are five of the exclusive rights that come with copyright protection (Hint: There are at least six)?

2) Does posting a work to the Web constitute publication, yes or no?

3) What are three benefits of registering your work with the U.S. Copyright Office (Hint: There are at least five)?

4) How long is the copyright term for works of joint authorship?

5) What is the copyright term for an anonymous work?

6) What are the four factors of fair use?

7) What copyright protection does works created by the Federal government have?

8) Who can file a DMCA notice (Hint: There are two)?

9) What is the maximum amount of damages the courts can award per work for willful infringement?

10) What is the name of the form used to register a textual work with the U.S. Copyright Office (Hint: Will accept both versions)?

Bonus: Which one of these books is NOT in the public domain: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Treasure Island, The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Alice in Wonderland and War of the Worlds


Though hopefully still a little challenging, this game should be a bit easier than the other. At least there are no tricks this time around.

Simply post your answers in the comments and, even if someone else has posted enough answers to win, go ahead and try anyway, one never knows if they got one wrong.

Above all though, have fun and watch out, you might learn something. I certainly did when looking up the questions.

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