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Copyright and the United States
Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution states:
"The Congress shall have power...To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries..."
Copyright on Campus
Watch Copyright on Campus - A fun and informative overview of U.S. copyright law and its impact on colleges and universities from the Copyright Clearance Center.
Can I make a copy?
SUNY Erie Libraries recommend that when copying, apply the following guidelines:
- Copying is limited to a single chapter of a book of 10 or fewer chapters or 10% of a book with more than 10 chapters
- Copying is limited to a single article from a print journal
- Copying is limited to a single story, essay, or poem from an anthology
Do not copy in order to avoid purchasing the materials.
You must attempt to obtain permission from the copyright holder if your intended use falls outside the parameters discussed here.
What is Fair Use?
Not sure exactly what fair use means? The U.S. Copyright Office outlines the situations and uses that qualify as fair use.
Fair Use Evaluation
Wondering if your use of copyrighted material qualifies as fair use? Enter your information into this tool and it will help you decide. If you don't understand fair use, complete the informational module.
Fair Use Checklist
Use this printable sheet to evaluate your use of materials to determine if it is fair use. The list comes from Columbia University.
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