“Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works” (U.S. Copyright Office, n.d.).
There are many reasons why being knowledgeable about copyright law is important:
1.) You are the creator of copyrighted works so you should know how the law applies to your own creations
2.) You will be using copyrighted materials and infringement can result in significant penalties
3.) Copyright is the law; disregarding it is illegal