Author/Creator Rights and User Rights

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Research, Scholarship, Creative Endeavors

Do you use quotations, images, maps, graphs, video excerpts, audio clips, or other material from a work by another author/creator?   If so, you need to determine what restrictions apply.  Here are a few questions to guide you:

            Is the work containing this material in the public domain?  If you answer "yes," copyright restrictions do not apply, and you do not need permission to use material from this work. 

            Did the author/creator apply a Creative Commons (CC) license (or another open license) to the work?  If you answer "yes,"  you do not need permission to use material from this work, but you should adhere to the license's terms.  To learn more about CC licenses, visit the Creative Commons Licenses library guide.

            Is the work under copyright? Do the Fair Use provisions of U.S. copyright law apply?  When you use material from a work currently under copyright, you may be eligible for the Fair Use exemption, which allows use of a work for  criticism, scholarship, research, and teaching.  

For a general overview of Fair Use, see the library guide Copyright and Fair Use.

NOTE:  Regardless of the laws or licenses governing the work's use, you need to cite it properly. 

Fair Use Provisions for Teaching

U.S. copyright law contains broad provisions permitting the use of copyrighted material in teaching.  Are you wondering what you can use in class? See the guide Copyright and Fair Use.  

Open Education Resources

Instructors and students can use Open Education Resources (OER) without permission and without charge.  For more information about OER and how you might use it in your own classes, see the guide Open Education.