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This guide provides a basic primer about copyright and fair use for instruction. If you have specific questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
These pages were created to provide basic copyright information and are not a substitute for legal advice.
The copyright law of the United States (title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material.
Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specific conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement.
The University Library reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law or other restrictions, including, but not limited to privacy rights, donor agreements, and preservation considerations.
Protection that is provided by law (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors/creators of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic and certain other intellectual works.
Copyright laws were created to provide balance and protect the rights of creators and users of copyrighted content.
“Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. The term has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to authors for protection of their work.”
The protection is available to published and unpublished works.
Section 106 of the U.S. copyright law grants the owner the exclusive right to:
See more on Author Rights.