Copyright is everywhere and often it comes with a few key questions: Where can we use this item? Why does the library have to obtain a license in order for us to show this movie? Why can we not download more than a few pages of a book?
Navigating copyright in the academic sphere can be rather perturbing, especially with the rise of electronic and digital resources. Though some issues may arise when interpreting copyright laws, numerous assets exist that can provide assistance. So that you, as student or faculty, can continue to be a trailblazer in your scholarly career, whilst adhering to copyright laws and regulations.
A quick introduction to copyright is in order. Why is copyright important? Why should we bother at all with these laws and practices? Copyright law protects the rights of authors in order to protect their work, for a limited time, as well as prompting creativity and learning. Copyright protects actualized work, or rather physical manifestation, but not ideas. Ideas are universal and, as such, are fair game. Creativity spurs other artists to create original work. In order to keep these floodgates open, we look to copyright and fair use to offer these protections.
There is so much that the library can do to assist you on your academic journey! We are pleased to announce the launching of our Interactive Copyright Tutorial. This tutorial has everything— information on fair use, copyright review with videos, images, and so much more. Access to the Interactive Copyright Tutorial can be found through the Plagiarism and Copyright Resources through the library homepage, or through the Copyright Center. If you want more information regarding copyright laws and permissions, please go to the Copyright Center, a libguide specializing in all information pertaining to copyright. Any questions or concerns can be forwarded to our copyright email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Originally posted in the Freeman/Lozier Library’s quarterly newsletter, More Than Books, V. 24 No. 1, Winter Spring 2021.