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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.
Fair Use (107)
Allows for the limited use of copyrighted materials without obtaining copyright permission when the materials are used for teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, and commentary.
Library Use (108)
Allows libraries and archives to reproduce one copy of a work without obtaining copyright permission.
Right of Sale (109)
Allows members of the general public the right to resell or lend copies of works that they have purchased.
Teach Act (110)
This act clarifies when it is permissible to use copyrighted materials in a distance education setting.
Digital Millenial Copyright Act of 1998
This act heightens the penalties for copyright infringement on the Internet and makes it illegal to produce or distribute technology that can circumvent measures taken to protect copyright.
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.
U.S. Copyright Office: NewsNet
UMB Guidelines on the Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials.
HS/HSL Course Reserve System
The Health Sciences and Human Services Library (HS/HSL) Course Reserve Unit maintains, for use in specific courses, a collection of materials including books, book chapters, periodical articles, lecture outlines, sample exams, and class notes.