An Article About The Idea-Expression Dichotomy

The Idea-Expression Dichotomy--Copyright law only protects the expression of ideas—not—the ideas themselves. The 1st amendment of the U.S. Constitution provides all Americans with the right to free speech (with some exceptions). The fair use doctrine enables individuals to utilize others’ work to convey their own opinions about specific subjects (encouraging free speech), while still providing the copyright holders protection of their work.