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Guiding Rule...when in doubt, ask permission from the creator of the information you wish to use.
This page is for information only, not legal advice.
Proper use of library database content
Library databases are licensed for non-commercial educational purposes by CURRENT LCU students, faculty & staff. The full text included in the databases is copyrighted by the publisher. You may:
- link directly to items in the databases via a persistent (durable) link
- make copies for in-class handouts
- provide electronic copies (behind a password barrier) BUT students should not retain copies after the class.
- use images for personal or educational presentations WITH copyright statement. Images may not be copied, emailed or posted on the web without the written permission of the author/publisher.
Authorized users may not copy, distribute, transmit or sell any database content nor remove copyright notices.
Note: formal permission must be in writing for full protection. Looking for an online creator? See contact information or Permissions department. Correct citation doesn't substitute for permission when permission is needed. Proper attribution contains:
- title of work
- medium of work
- source credit line (journal, publisher, institution or URL)
- copyright statement / photo credit if applicable
Websites for additional information
Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office
The CAO is to address the relationship between copyright law and the work of the university community.
Copyright & Fair Use | Stanford University Libraries
Examples of fair use and policies. Charts and tools are continually added to help users evaluate copyright status and best practices.
Guide to Copyright & Fair Use | Charleston Southern University
Issues pertaining to the use of print materials, especially photocopies, in the classroom and on library reserve. Issues involving Interlibrary Loan, music, off air videotaping, audiovisual works, educational multimedia, and fair use guidelines are described.
Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses
A free interactive guide by Baruch College/CUNY to help determine appropriate copyright guidelines for different types of copyright protected media in courses.
Know Your Copy Rights
Tips for faculty & teaching assistants in higher education.
The TEACH Act | University of Texas Libraries
Everything you need to know about using, displaying, and performing others' works in the classroom.
U.S. Copyright Law
The doctrine of fair use has developed through a number of court decisions over the years and has been codified in section 107 of the copyright law.
MIT Libraries Fair Use Quiz
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts
Fair use in writing, teaching, making art infographics and powerpoint