What is the value of an original copyright of Bram Stoker's Dracula?
The 1897 novel is in the public domain, so the copyright currently has no value.
First editions of the novel, on the other hand, tend to be priced between $12,000 and $13,000.
The original works would be in the public domain, but books about them can be registered in such a way that the images and descriptions in the book are protected by contract law, if not copyright law. For example, a museum or archive holding a document can use contract law to limit exposure of images of that document, even if they can't use copyright law, which enables them to derive value from providing access to…
IF the Polaroid is an unpublished original of Elvis, being of good quality, the value can range from as little as a few hundred dollars to as much as several thousand dollars depending on the type of photograph it is (i.e. a candid, taken onstage, during the 1950's, etc.). IF it is an unpublished original photograph the value will be increased, and forever protected, if it is registered with the US Copyright Office.
What is the value of an original Charles Dickens Dickens Christmas Carol copyright 1876 mint condition?
Copyright infringement is a violation of federal law, even if it seems like a small thing. Teaching students early that intellectual property has value may help them make wise (and legal) decisions in the future. Additionally, an understanding of copyright may lead to a decrease in plagiarism as students see that originality has value.