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Copyright & Libraries
Librarians cannot provide legal advice regarding copyright compliance.
Copyright compliance is your responsibility as a scholar, artist, and/or professional.
Librarians can provide tools to assist with interpreting guidelines and documenting ownership and/or compliance with copyright regulations.
Have questions about copyright and a digital project you are planning? Request a copyright workshop or a 1:1 consultation with a librarian.
Resources from the U.S. Copyright Office
The following selection of links from the U.S. Copyright Office offers current and authoritative information explaining various aspects of U.S. copyright law.
International Copyright Information
Understanding Fair Use
Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center
Resource includes charts, tools, and cases to understand the application of fair use in copyright law.
Fair Use Checklist from Columbia University Libraries
Use this checklist to assess your case for fair use in a digital project. Be sure to keep this document in your project files for documentation.
Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC)
Tool from the Intellectual Property Rights Committee (IPR) committee of The Visual Resources Association (VRA) to assess the layers of rights in a given image and to determine parameters of appropriate reuse.
U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index
Database of court opinions including categories and type of use (e.g., music, internet/digitization, parody) in order to make the make the principles and applications of fair use easier to understand.
Creative Commons Licensing
Researching the Public Domain