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Copyright Guide   Tags: copyright, darling_library, faculty, policies  

A guide to copyright issues particularly for the faculty of Hope International University.
Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This Faculty Guide to Copyright information provides practical information and guidance in handling the copyright issues confronting educators every day.

Quick reference Q&A

There are few if any reliable rules for educational uses of copyrighted material; the very nature of fair use precludes such precision. Indeed, it only gets more difficult to make confident decisions about proper use of copyrighted material as media and technology continue to evolve. This guide aims to pull together sources of information about copyright of interest to educators and give you the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the material presented.

Basic Information About Copyright

The purpose of copyright law is to give protection, for a limited time, to authors of original works. Copyright law is also designed to promote science and the arts by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge.  It is a complex area and defies easy explanation.

The sites listed below contain background information and detailed overviews of copyright law. You will learn a lot about copyright by spending some time at any of these excellent sites:

  • Copyright Basics  
    An overview of general copyright information from the U.S. Copyright Office.
  • Copyright Office of IUPU
    An excellent site by the University Copyright Office of Indiana University and Purdue University.
  • Copyright Crash Course
    The Crash Course gives a general introduction to the topic and also covers common educational uses.
  • Questions & Answers on Copyright for the Campus Community  
    Provides "an easy-to-understand guide for users of copyrighted material who need to solve practical problems in their daily lives." Complementary to Campus Copyright Rights and Responsibilities: A Basic Guide to Policy Considerations (2006).
  • Copyright Q&A  
    Excerpts from the Questions & Answers on Copyright for the Campus Community.

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