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This guide is designed to assist both students and faculty with best practices in copyright compliance, knowledge of fair use, and understanding of public domain.
Last Updated: Aug 18, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Video Tutorials on Copyright and Copyright Compliance

Did you know? You can use the Copyright Clearance Center to obtain pay-per-use permissions to photocopy content for coursepacks, or persmissions to post/distribute on intra or internet sites and more. However, please explore the Fair Use Checklist and Guidelines before doing so. In the GSU Copyright case, the 11th Circuit Court stated that just because permissions are available, fair use isn't necessarily opposed.  

Requisite Disclaimer and Attribution for this guide

This web page and the information contained herein have been prepared for instructional / informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Please consult your legal advisor for any questions associated with copyright and other laws.

Portions of this guide were adapted from several other University Libguides including:

Copyright Tools

Although the American LIbrary Association's Copyright Genie can't grant copyright wishes, it can take some of the guesswork out of whether or not a work is covered by US Copyright, and help you calculate the terms of copyright as well.

The Exceptions for Instructors eTool guides users through the educational exceptions in U.S. copyright law, helping to explain and clarify rights and responsibilities for the performance and display of copyrighted content in traditional, distance and blended educational models.

Also, here you can find the full text of the Copyright Law of the United States from

Know Your Copy Rights (Association of Research Libraries, ARL) - "Among the topics covered in the brochure are: fair use, the advantage of linking to instead of copying works, and special provisions for displaying or performing works in classes." (ARL, 2007)


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