The function of copyright in communication research methods is a focus on the end game of a project. A researcher does not need to be concerned about issues of originality of methods or conflicts over citations because of the established protection of fair use. When seeking publication of a research report, however, a researcher must be aware of the implications of signing a copyright agreement form for their work. This entry discusses three primary issues related to copyright issues in research: copyright law, the function of fair use within education, and availability of platforms for publication.
Copyright law protects various forms of creative work for a limited period of time. Creative works range in depth and complexity including literature, music, ...
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