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Copyright: Overview

About this Guide

These pages contain general information, video clips, and links to websites to assist in better understanding copyright. Topics covered in this guide include U.S. Copyright Law, fair use, public domain, author's rights, publisher contracts, and open access licenses. 

The content contained in this guide is not intended as legal advice and was developed as a starting point for those interested in learning more about this subject matter.  If you know of a resource or site that would be beneficial to add to this Library Guide, please contact the Library.


Thank you to Kyle Courtney of Copyright First Responders,  University of Texas Libraries’ Copyright Crash Course by Georgia Harper, as well as Cornell University Library’s Copyright LibGuide for providing background information used in this guide. Additional thanks to Sylvie Larsen, a previous contributor to this guide.

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