Can You Copyright An Essay
We must determine the degree of creativity (and, hence, usability) on a case-by-case basis.Since the United States law does not recognize the sweat of the brow doctrine, the amount of labor that goes into producing lists and compilations is not our concern.Instead, we consider two factors: The Wikimedia Foundation's associate counsel wrote in January 2011, "Unless you know the criteria involved in creating the list, it is impossible to even gauge the potential of a court finding that it warrants copyright protection.And unfortunately, even if you do know the criteria, it is very hard to predict what a court will say (especially because the courts vary in their opinions in different circuits on this matter) when there is a degree of creativity involved.When we want to copy information from lists and compilations, we have to first figure out if they are protected by copyright.Copyright in a list may exist in the content of the list or in the way that the content was selected and arranged.
If a source is based on "value judgments", it may be protected by copyright, even if it looks very similar to fact.
In assessing the nature of the material, we first have to determine if content is subjective ("value judgment") or not.
Sometimes this will be obvious ("best love songs"; "U. Presidents, chronologically by term"), and sometimes it will require evaluating the criteria used by the original creator.
Some essays represent widespread norms; others only represent minority viewpoints.
This page in a nutshell: In order to comply with copyright policy, Wikipedians need to consider the creativity of compilations and lists before incorporating content from them.