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Copyright and Fair Use



Copyright and "fair use"

We do not propose to cover these highly complex topics in full on our website. But we can offer some simple guidelines and point you in the right direction for more complete treatments of these topics.


If you want to jump to the complex stuff immediately, follow this link:


If you want to read the Colleges' policy regarding intellectual property rights and copyright, follow this link:


If you have questions about course reserves and copyright, follow this link:


The American Library Association (ALA) offers several interactive and easy-to-use tools to determine copyright status.  Try the Copyright Genie!



Don't Forget

You are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of any materials you may wish to use, for investigating the owner of the copyright, and for obtaining permission for your intended use.

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