Copyright is an intellectual property right allowing creators exclusive control over the use, modification and reproduction of original works in a tangible form. Exclusive rights include ability to reproduce, prepare derivatives, publicly distribute copies, perform and display work in either physical or digital environments. The law seeks to balance protection of creator rights while providing access to further scholarship and creativity.
Copyright protects any type of creative work put into a tangible form including but not limited to:
Works have automatic copyright protection once in a tanglible form and do not require copyright registration for protection.
Copyright does not protect:
Fair Use is the doctrine of copyright law that allows for legal use of copyrighted materials without seeking permission. The four factors are used to make a reasonable determination of what qualifies for Fair Use. Each factor must be weighed and considered in sum to determine whether Fair Use applies.
Use these criteria to develop good practices in ethical use of information.
The TEACH Act addresses use of copyrighted works in online learning environments to accommodate distance learning. Access of materials must be restricted to the online class environment for use with classroom instruction to qualify for acceptable use. The Canvas class website provides this restricted access with authentication. Materials should only be made available for the length of the class.
Contact a librarian if you have specific questions about acceptable use of copyrighted materials.
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