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Key FAQs about Copyright

If there is no © symbol on a work, is it okay to use without permission?

An original creative work is copyrighted as soon as it is set in a tangible medium. The copyright symbol is not required to designate copyright status. Assume a work is copyrighted until you can determine otherwise. 

If I'm using a copyrighted work for educational purposes, that's Fair Use, right? 

Not necessarily. Fair Use is an interpretation of your use of copyrighted material made on a case-by-case basis using a Four Factor analysis. Each case will be different, even in an educational setting. Read more

Where can I find images that I can use without permission? 

There are several possible sources of images that may be usable without permission. These include your own images, UMMS-owned images, public domain images, and images labeled or licensed for re-use by their owners. Read more. 

Download the full FAQ sheet! (Originally prepared by Barbara Ingrassia, 2013).


Understanding Intellectual Property: For Students

The Library offers help to students regarding copyright, plagiarism and scholarly publishing issues that affect them in particular. Definitions and links to other relevant resources are available on this handout.


Tutorials from LSL Copyright Basics Seminar Series

Copyright Basics
(Originally presented by Barbara Ingrassia, 2010)

"Fair Use" vs. Attribution vs. Permission
(Orignially presented by Barbara Ingrassia, 2011)




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