Copyright Basics

For Faculty and Staff


View our copyright FAQ covering Fair Use and the T.E.A.C.H. Act as well as ways the Library System can support your copyright needs.

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Copyright Decision Tree

Interactive copyright decision making tool


Do you have a resource you'd like to use in your instruction? Use this helpful decision tree to determine the next steps.

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Fair Use Checklist

Interactive fair use determination tool


Use this interactive checklist to help evaluate the "fairness" of an educational resource under the U.S. Copyright Code.

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Posting to Blackboard

Copyright Guidelines


Before posting a resource to Blackboard, read our basic copyright guidelines that can help you remain copyright compliant.

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Latest News from Our Blog

Sep 22, 2016
Creative Commons Seeks to Weigh In on “NonC...

A recently-filed lawsuit may be forcing the re-evaluation of “NonCommercial” Creative Commons licenses, an aspect of the licensing system that has long been viewed as comparatively nebul...

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Sep 23, 2015
“Happy Birthday” Song in Public Domain...

Rest easy, everyone. You can perform your stunning rendition of the Happy Birthday song without paying royalties! Judge rules ‘Happy Birthday’ song is in public domain (Detroit ...

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Feb 23, 2015
Celebrate Fair Use Week!...

February 23-27, 2015 is Fair Use Week!                 Can I make a copy of this article?                 May I share this material with my class?           ...

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