Copyright Question One

Copyright Charlie

Charlie had some great ideas about how to teach the Krebs Cycle. He explained it all to his friend Steve who agreed they were very innovative. Charlie meant to write his ideas down but kept on forgetting. Later that semester, Steve submitted a paper to a leading educational journal, using Charlie’s ideas. The paper was accepted for publication. Who owns the copyright?

Steve owns the copyright because he created it in a fixed form.


Ideas cannot be copyrighted.


Charlie owns the copyright because it was his idea.


Charlie had the original idea but he did not write it down or in some way ‘fix’ it in a ‘fixed form’. Steve actually created in a fixed form.


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