Skip to Main Content
The HSHSL is a part of the University of Maryland, Baltimore | My UMB The Elm UM Shuttle Blackboard
Library Logo

601 West Lombard Street
Baltimore MD 21201-1512

Reference: 410-706-7996
Circulation: 410-706-7928

Copyright: Introduction

This guide presents information about copyright law. HSHSL makes every effort to assure the accuracy of this information, but does not offer it as counsel or legal advice. Consult your own attorney for advice concerning your specific situation.

What is Copyright?

Exceptions and Limitations to Copyright

There are some exceptions and limitations to copyright that can allow for limited use of copyrighted materials. These resources help to better explain these exceptions and limitations.

Public Domain Analysis Charts

Once the copyright on a work expires, the work is considered to be in the public domain and can be freely duplicated, used, and altered. The following charts explain when a work will enter the public domain.

Copyright Tutorials

UMB Resources

Ask a Copyright Question