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Copyright and Fair Use: Copyright Basics

Copyright Basics

The federal Copyright Act protects works of authorship. The Act gives the owner of a copyright the exclusive right to do and authorize others to do certain things in regard to a copyrighted work, including: make copies, distribute the work, display or perform the work publicly, and create derivative works.

There are Exceptions. In academia, the three major exceptions to the copyright owner’s right to control the reproduction and use of works of authorship are: the fair use exception, the library exception, and the face-to-face teaching exception. These three exceptions are described below. If an exception does not apply, you must obtain permission to reproduce copyrighted work in any medium for any purpose.




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