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Welcome and Overview
This guide is provided by Information Services, Connecticut College's merged library and technology division. It's designed to provide information about copyright, especially as it pertains to research and instructional activities at Connecticut College. It includes a basic overview of what copyright is, what kinds of things can and cannot be copyrighted, fair use and other exceptions to copyright, and several copyright-related topics that frequently arise in higher education, including course reserves, classroom usage, videos and images. It also discusses the important issue of illegal downloads of music and video material.
An important disclaimer: Nothing on this guide is intended as legal advice. It is intended only as education about copyright and issues related to copyright.
Click on a specific link to take you to more information about:
Here you'll find the overall copyright statement for Connecticut College, as well as links to some other Information Services policies related to copyright.
This page offers some overview information about copyright, including definitions, works that are (and are not) subject to copyright, ownership, copyright term, and licenses.
Fair Use — a right inscribed in law that helps to balance the rights held by copyright owners — is described here. The page goes over the four factors of Fair Use and how to analyze and sort through them, and it provides some helpful links to other sites.
Classroom & Campus Usage
Here you'll find information on some specific information on copyright as it pertains to the classroom, with specific sections for some frequently referenced topics, such as video and images. The page further discusses some other ways that materials can or cannot be used on campus.
Covers issues related to course reserves, electronic as well as print.
Piracy & Illegal Downloading
This page discusses the issue of illegal person-to-person downloads and software, and includes links to Information Services policies related to this issue.