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The questions which follow provide a basic knowledge test of selected concepts covered in this learning pathway: Copyright.

The questions published at the end of each learning pathway are re-used for the knowledge test for learners interested in earning a digital badge or certificate of participation for the Open education, copyright and open licensing in a digital world (LiDA103) micro-course. Please consult the Certify participation page for more information.


True - false questions

Indicate whether the following statements are true or false:

  • You have the right to paraphrase text sourced from copyrighted works.
    • True
      • Correct.
    • False
      • Incorrect, paraphrasing is not making a verbatim ‘copy’ of the work protected under copyright.
  • You can include a fact in a written work which is common knowledge without citing a reference.
    • True
      • Yes, that’s right.
    • False
      • No, common knowledge, like the sum of 1 plus 2 equals 3, is not copyrightable.
  • Copyright protects original ideas.
    • True
      • No, you can’t copyright ideas. It is the representation of ideas in a fixed form, for example a printed book, which is copyrighted.
    • False
      • Correct.
  • You must affix the copyright symbol (©) before your works will be protected under copyright law
    • True
      • No. Copyright is automatic, it does not need to be registered or affixed with the copyright symbol to be protected.
    • False
      • Correct.


Multiple choice questions

  • The legal ways a work can enter the public domain are: (Tick all correct options. There are 3 correct answers.)
    • When the copyright expires
      • Correct, a work enters the public domain after the copyright expires.
    • When the copyright holder “dedicates” the work to the public domain
      • Correct, a copyright holder can waive their rights by dedicating a work to the public domain.
    • Orphan works where the original author cannot be determined
      • No, the fact that an author cannot be determined is not sufficient for the work to enter the public domain – it’s still all rights reserved, assuming the copyright hasn’t expired.
    • Author applies the CC Zero (CC0) mark to the work
      • Yes, that’s right. This is one of the tools an author can use to dedicate a work to the public domain.
  • The copyright term that best describes the transfer of rights where the original owner retains control of the rights is: (There is one (1) correct answer.)
    • Assignment
      • No, try again.
    • Licensing
      • Yes, this describes the transfer of rights without changing the copyright holder.
    • Contracting
      • No, while a contract can be used to determine or change copyright, this is not the term generally used for the transfer of rights.
    • Allocation
      • No, try again.
  • The duration of copyright for an author’s work is normally calculated as follows: (There is one (1) correct answer.)
    • Specified number of years from date of publication, in accordance with the relevant national copyright act
      • Incorrect. Date of publication is not used to determine the duration of copyright
    • Author’s life plus specified number of years, in accordance with the relevant national copyright act
      • Correct, in the case of a natural person, duration is determined by adding the specified number of years after the author has died.
    • Specified number of years from date of publication, in accordance with the Berne Convention
      • Incorrect, while the Berne convention recommends the minimum duration of copyright, it is the Copyright Act of the country concerned that determines duration.
    • Author’s life plus specified number of years, in accordance with the Berne Convention
      • No, it is the country’s Copyright Act that determines duration of copyright.
  • The Copyright Act of your country provides safeguards from which of the following? (Tick all options which apply. There are 4 correct answers.)
    • Reproduction of the copyrighted work
      • Yes, that’s right.
    • Inventions based on ideas published in the copyrighted work
      • No, inventions are usually protected by patents.
    • Public performance of the copyrighted work
      • Yes, that’s right.
    • Adaptations based on the copyrighted work (derivative works)
      • Yes, that’s right.
    • Public transmission of sound recordings
      • Yes, this is also protected.