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Copyright & Fair Use: Copyright Basics

A guide to copyright and fair use information for University of Redlands faculty.


Welcome to the University of Redlands Armacost Library Copyright and Fair Use Guide for Faculty.  We hope this guide will provide direction for using copyrighted works in an educational setting.

Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) announces the release of the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry in higher education. Developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University, “[t]his document is a testament to the collective wisdom of academic and research librarians, who have asserted careful and considered approaches to some very difficult situations that we all face every day.”

Understanding Copyright

Fair Use & Copyright Consultant

Copyright... a form of protection outlining the exclusive rights of the copyright holder to reproduce, prepare derivative works, perform, distribute, display, sell, lend or rent their creations. Copyright concerns both published and unpublished works.

What is protected by copyright?

Section 102 of the 1976 copyright law lists:

  • literary works
  • musical works, including any accompanying words
  • dramatic works, including any accompanying music
  • pantomimes and choreography
  • pictorial, graphic and sculptural works
  • motion pictures and other audiovisual works
  • sound recordings
  • architectural works