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The Ross Pendergraft Library offers extensive collections of print, electronic, and multimedia resources. Materials are accessible for use by students, faculty, staff, and administration. These materials and library services are provided with careful adherence to the copyright laws of the United States in Article 17 U.S.C. Information pertaining to these laws and exceptions are provided in order to give patrons tools to make informed decisions regarding use of library materials.
What is Copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for "original works of authorship", including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. "Copyright" literally means the right to copy but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work. Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, title, principle, or discovery. Similarly, names, titles, short phrases, slogans, familiar symbols, mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, coloring, and listings of contents or ingredients are not subject to copyright. (U.S. Copyright Office Definitions,
  • Copyright & Fair Use: extensive guide to fair use, copyright, and laws regarding the use and reuse of information (Stanford University Libraries)
  • Copyright - FAQs and Best Practices: detailed guide in a question/answer format (Duke University Medical Center & University Archives)
  • Copyright Law of the United States: Title 17 and other related laws published by the United States government
  • Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians: the Circular 21 is a PDF with basic information on some of the most important legislative provisions and other documents dealing with reproduction by librarians and educators (U.S. Copyright Office).
  • Copyright Clearance Center: pay-per-use services providing a quick-and-easy way for faculty, students and staff at colleges and universities to secure permissions to use and share content from the world’s leading titles in science, technology, medicine, humanities, news, business, finance and more
  • Copyright on Campus: 6 minutes YouTube icon video (produced by Copyright Clearance Center)