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Copyright: Introduction

Guide for using copyrighted materials for students and faculty.

About this Guide

The purpose of this guide is to provide faculty, staff, and students at USM with an understanding of copyright law and fair use.

While copyright issues can be complex, everyone needs to understand the basics. Failure to comply with copyright law can lead to substantial legal penalties for both you and the university.

However, nothing in this guide should be construed as legal advice. These pages are intended to provide information and guidance in the application of copyright law, not as a replacement for professional legal advice. Please contact the university's legal team if you require professional legal assistance.


This guide was created from information and content made available by the following:

Copyright and Fair Use Guide by Dibner Library at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering

Let's Copy It Right: A Guide to Copyright for UMKC Educators and Students by University of Missouri Kansas City

Guide to Copyright by C.L. Wilson Library at Missouri University of Science and Technology

Copyright Guide by Longview Reference Department at Metropolitan Community College

Introduction to Copyright

Copyright ©        Let's copy it right

Some fun videos about copyright:
Copyright on Campus
Jane the librarian educates her university colleagues about copyright law and its impact on the academic institution's use of intellectual property. From the Copyright Clearance Center.

A Fair(ly) Use Tale
A humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles created by Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University. Courtesy of Stanford Law School's Center for Internet and Society.

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