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Copyright & Fair Use: Introduction

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

Know Your Copy Rights!

A guide from the Association of Research Libraries on how to use copyrighted works in your teaching.  The guide also discusses types of works which do not require permission.





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

Before delving further into this guide, please take a look at two important and useful documents: below is a link to the recently published Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries and the handout to the left called "Know Your Copy Rights."

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 and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University. Winston Tabb, Johns Hopkins University Dean of University Libraries and Museums and President of ARL, said, “This 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.”

Copyright Contacts

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  Copyright concerns both published and unpublished works.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