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- The information resources listed here have been compiled from a variety of sources
This guide is intended as an introduction to copyright for faculty and students. Understanding copyright and what it means for you is more important than ever as both technology and the law change.
A common pitfall is to assume that because we are part of a university, all of our information use falls under Fair Use or education exemptions. It's important to understand that this is not always the case.
Please reach out with your copyright questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have questions about scholarly communications, publishing, open access, or how the library can support your scholarly work, please email email@example.com.
Copyright protects the tangible form of expression created by an author. These forms of expression include text, art of all kinds, film, sound, and architectural works. Ideas, processes, and facts are not protected by copyright. Works created by the U.S. federal government are not protected by copyright.
Copyright law gives authors certain exclusive rights. Authors can keep these rights, share them with others, or give them away. Sharing and giving away these rights happens through the use of licenses and contracts. These rights include
- Making copies of the work, which includes photocopies and digital copies
- Publishing copies or electronically distributing the work
- Publicly performing or displaying the work
- Preparing derivative works (like translations or scripts based on books)
JHU Copyright Compliance PolicyJHU's policy and plans related to copyright
Using Images: Copyright IssuesAn excellent overview about finding and using images in academic coursework and assignments.
Copyright & Course ReservesSheridan Libraries Reserves Unit offers information about their services.
Basics of Copyright (video)Sara Benson, Copyright librarian and lawyer at University of Illinois provides short overview of copyright with a nod to openness.
Copyright FAQThe Library of Congress U.S. Copyright Office provides a copyright FAQ.
CCC Copyright Basics (video)A description of copyright from the Copyright Clearance Center, without mention of Creative Commons.
Know Your CopyrightsThe Association of Research Libraries provides background information on many aspects of copyright, including lots of info about fair use.