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Copyright Resources

Begin Here:

There are a few questions you can ask to help clarify how to proceed.

First, determine if you are dealing with a copyrighted work.

Is the work in the public domain? Generally works created prior to 1923 are in the public domain. See the public domain tab to learn how to identify works in the public domain.

Is the work in the public domain? Generally works created prior to 1923 are in the public domain. See the public domain tab to learn how to identify works in the public domain.

If the work is copyrighted, then you need to pursue these paths.

Is the work licensed by the University in which case the copyright is covered for you?

  • Check the Sprague Library collection of databases and electronic resources.
  • Check to see if the copyrighted resources you wish to use are licensed by MSU.
  • If licensed and your use is permitted by that license, proceed as the license permits.

If the work is not in the public domain or licensed for use, is there a legal exemption to copyright law that would allow you to use the work? Examples:

If the work you wish to use is not licensed or covered by an exemption, you may run a Fair Use analysis. See the Fair Use tab.

If none of the above allows you to use a copyrighted work, then you can seek permission which may involve paying royalties.

Kevin Smith, Fair Use of Movies & Music: Managing Copyright in Higher Ed, 2010

Disclaimer

Nothing on this guide is to be construed as legal advice. These pages are intended to provide information and guidance in the application of copyright law and related guidelines. This Guide is based on Let's Copy It Right: A Guide to Copyright for UMKC Educators and Students, created by the University of Missouri Kansas City under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States License.

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