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Welcome to the Copyright Guide. On this page you will find informationand links to0\ copyright law, digital media and exceptions and limitations to copyright. More information is available on the tabs at the top of the page:

Students - Videos, tutorials and websites, including the Creative Commons.

Faculty -Authors rRights movement, library reserves, tutorials, and websites.

Librarians - Websites on the Teach Act, Supreme Court decisions, advocacy, ARL copyright & intellectual property policies, Copyright Clearence Center, and more.


Respecting Copyright: Copyright and Fair Use

University of Louisville Libraries Attorney Dwayne Buttler, Copyright Expert
Creative Thinking Films, Northern Kentucky University


Copyright Law

It is responsibility of the user to follow the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). More information can be obtained from the United States Copyright Office.

Original materials, reproductions, and online are made available by Special Collections for research usage only. Permission to publish must be obtained from the respective copyright holders.


Digital Media

The policy governing the digital media is based on the provisions of fair use of the United States Copyright Act of 1976. Section 107 of the Copyright Act expressly permits the making of photocopies or other reproductions for classroom use. In determining fair use there are four factors:

Purpose,  the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit education purposes;

Nature, the nature of the copyrighted work;Amount the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

Effect,  the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work.

If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purpose in excess of fair use, that user may be liable for copyright infringement.


Exceptions and Limitations to Copyright

There are some exceptions and limitations to copyright that can allow for limited use of copyrighted materials. These resources help to better explain these exceptions and limitations.

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