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Copyright in Teaching, Research, and Publishing

This page provides references to sources related to copyright in higher education for both creators of scholarly information and users; the site is not intended to serve as legal advice.

What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to the creators of "original works of authorship" …. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works … [and] generally gives the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to reproduce the work in copies; to prepare derivative works based upon the work; to distribute copies; and to perform and display the work publicly.

(From the U.S. Copyright Office)

For users of copyrighted material

For creators and owners of copyrighted materials

Frequently Asked Questions

UC Copyright: Frequently Asked Questions
From the University of California Copyright Education website.


UC Copyright Education website
From which much of the information on this site is derived.

Copyright and Fair Use
From Stanford, a compilation of materials related to copyright with an emphasis on Fair Use.

Copyright Basics (PDF)
From the U.S. Copyright Office.

Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators
From the American Library Association.

Copyright Quick Guide
From the Columbia University Libraries/Copyright Advisory Office.

Copyright Resources on the Web
A list of sites to keep you current on issues related to copyright. From the March 2007 issue of C&RL News.

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials
A primer on Fair Use from the University of Texas system.

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