Welcome to Fordham Libraries' Copyright Resources Libguide. The Fordham University Libraries are committed to supporting open access to scholarly library resources, upholding authors’ rights to distribute their research, providing and promoting scholarly materials for all library patrons, and encouraging the output of scholarly communications. While copyright is often confusing, familiarity with copyright basics is necessary for all faculty and students. This guide offers comprehensive sources and materials to assist the university community by providing a clearer understanding of the law and its intricacies.
Portions of this guide were taken in whole, or part, with permission from the Springshare Community Best of Copyright and Fair Use Guides: NYU: Copyright, NYU: Copyright for Authors & Creators, and GSU Copyright Overview.
Title 17 of the United States Code of the Copyright Law defines copyright as "original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression." It gives copyright holders a set of exclusive rights to
These rights are subject to exceptions and limitations, such as a fair use provision that allows limited uses of works without permission from the copyright holder.
To be protected by copyright, a work must be original and recorded. It cannot be copied or expressed without being recorded. Types of works protected by copyright include:
The reproduction of these forms of copyrighted works requires either written permissions from the creators, or compliance with Fair Use.
What is not protected by copyright?