This guide is an introduction to copyright and fair use for academic institutions. It includes the following sections:
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Copyright "has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to authors for protection of their work. The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, and, in the case of certain works, publicly perform or display the work; to prepare derivative works; in the case of sound recordings, to perform the work publicly by means of a digital audio transmission; or to license others to engage in the same acts under specific terms and conditions."*
*United States Copyright Office:A Brief Introduction and History, Circular 1a, U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress, Washington, DC, www.copyright.gov.
Copyright is not an absolute right. The following two exceptions are of particular importance to academic institutions.
More about fair use can be found on the Copyright for Instructors page of this guide.