Copyright is a legal set of rights designed to protect the intellectual property of content creators (e.g. authors, academics, artists, musicians) for works that exist in a fixed, tangible medium of expression. In other words, copyright protects the things that people create. Copyright Law is codified in Title 17 of the U.S. Code (per the Copyright Act of 1976) and applies to all original works created under the jurisdiction of U.S. law.
Examples of "authorship" under Copyright Law include: Literary works; Original research; Dramatic works, including accompanying music; Choreography; Photographs, graphic, and sculptural works; Motion pictures and other audiovisual works; Sound recordings.
In U.S. Copyright Law there are limited exceptions whereby copyrighted material may be used without obtaining written permission from the author or artist or publisher. These limited exceptions have been labeled “Fair Use.” For example a person writing a book review for the newspaper does not have to obtain the author’s permission to use a quote from the book, if the use of the quote is within the context of the book review.
(NOTE to students: This is NOT the same as citing your sources for an assignment. Sources must be cited.)
All content used for instruction, including Course Reserves, must comply with U.S. Copyright Law. Prior to using material for classroom instruction the Instructor must: