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Copyright and Fair Use: Researching Copyright

Researching Copyright

Depending on the types of items (books, articles, films, sound recordings, archival materials, etc.), determining the copyright holder may be very straightforward, or it may be very complex. The resources below are intended to help you in determining who may hold the copyright to items you plan to use in your research and/or teaching.

Copyright Terms and the Public Domain in the United States

Creative Commons Licenses

According to their website, "Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools." The site provides free copyright licenses that enable copyright holders to "give the public permission to share and use [their] creative work — on conditions of [their] choice."

To read more about Creative Commons licenses and how they work, visit the links below.

Forms and Factsheets

FAQ about Copyright

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