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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 Evaluator
Helps you decide if your intended use is "fair use" and create documentation of your fair use analysis for your records.
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.)
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series of questions and provides "information for educators & others to better understand the duration of copyright for unpublished works, and for works first published in the U.S. or simultaneously in the U.S. and abroad."
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
Update regularly and maintained by Peter Hirtle, Cornell University Library.
The library provides guidance on use of library owned and licensed resources, and we maintain this general copyright informational web guide, but cannot provide specific legal advice.
- For questions specific to the library and use of library materials and resources, contact: email@example.com
- For guidance on Moodle and copyright, please see the Moodle Best Practices tab on this guide.
- For specific questions about copyright and teaching, please email: College General Counsel: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For questions about coursepacks, please contact the College Bookstore.
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Government Publications & Copyright
Most U.S. Federal government publications are not subject to copyright, though you should still cite them to avoid plagiarism. Federal government publications produced by an outside contractor MAY be copyrighted. State, county, and local government publication copyright varies with the jurisdiction, but some entities DO assert copyright.
Fair Use - Best Practices
"Best practices" are statements by professional organizations that provide guidance for complying with copyright, however they are not law. This Center for Media & Social Impact site provides links to various "best practices" documents for visual arts, poetry, orphan works, online video, images, film and media studies, and dance-related materials.