From public domain and “all rights reserved” to fair use and permissions, many of the basic principles of copyright will be familiar to those of us who work with words. But anyone can use a refresher. This quiz will test your knowledge of these and some of the other concepts covered in chapter 4 of CMOS.
Copyright, as that word suggests, gives the owner of a book or other creative work the legal right to make and distribute copies of that work as well as the right to distribute those copies to the public—for sale or otherwise. So it’s an important concept for authors and publishers alike.
But copyright can be complicated, so feel free to keep the Manual open on your desk or screen as you take this quiz, or you could review chapter 4 ahead of time. Or dive right in without a safety net. The answers—which you’ll see after you hit Submit—will fill you in on the facts.
Note: Style guides and dictionaries sometimes disagree. This quiz is designed to test your knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style, 17th edition. Please also note that the answers in this quiz—like the advice in chapter 4 of the Manual—should not be considered as a substitute for legal advice. This quiz focuses on US copyright law; the law in other countries may differ.
Chicago Style Workout 48: Copyright
Top image: Detail from the first page of the original US Copyright Act of 1790, “An Act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books to the Authors and Proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned.” From Copyright.gov.
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