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Copyright Guidance

In this web site and its publications respecting copyright, the College reaffirms its commitment to current copyright law and the protection of intellectual property. The College also recommits itself to providing relevant common sense guidelines to help faculty and students remain within the legal parameters of existing law. Nevertheless, the College urges everyone at Dickinson to recognize that copyright law can be complicated. In the final analysis, legal compliance with existing law is the sole responsibility of individual members of the Dickinson community.


  • Fair Use Checklist
    Helps you decide if your intended use is "fair use". From Copyright Clearance Center.
  • Copyright Slider
    Allows you to quickly determine whether a PUBLISHED work is in the public domain, or is still protected by U.S. Copyright law. (Note: different laws may apply to works published in other countries.)
  • Copyright Genie
    Steps you through a series of questions and provides "information for educators & others to better understand the duration of copyright for unpublished works, and for works first published in the U.S. or simultaneously in the U.S. and abroad."

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