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Use the Library from Home: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

This guide provides information for how to access the library's resources off-campus.


What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.

Copyright protection exits from the moment a work is fixed in a tangible form of expression (examples: CD, DVD, a scrap sheet of paper). It is the right granted by law to an author or creator to control the use of the work created. This allows the owner of the copyrighted material to:

  • Display the work publicly
  • Perform the work publicly
  • Make copies (a copy is the reproduction of an original work)
  • Distribute copies
  • Prepare derivatives based on the original work (examples: sequel or spin-off)

What is protected?

The following are protected under the copyright act, section 102:

  • Architecture
  • Drama
  • Films
  • Graphics, pictures, and sculpture
  • Literature
  • Music and lyrics
  • Pantomime and dance
  • Software
  • Sound recordings

Know Your Copyrights by Association of Research Libraries

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This page will inform you on copyright and issues pertaining to the use of copyright materials. This page is not intended to supply legal advice.