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Guiding Rule...

Although we are glad to provide the following resources with information regarding copyright, Brackett Library does not have a fulltime copyright expert on staff.  Therefore, it is the responsibility of the individual user to ensure that use of any material falls within the appropriate copyright guidelines. 

A guiding rule?  When in doubt, ask permission from the creator or distributor of the information you wish to use. 

What is Creative Commons?

According to  the Creative Commons website, "Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.

Our free, easy-to-use copyright licenses provide a simple, standardized way to give the public permission to share and use your creative work — on conditions of your choice. CC licenses let you easily change your copyright terms from the default of “all rights reserved” to “some rights reserved.”

Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs."  

For a concise, graphic illustration of the different types of licenses, visit UCT's Open Content site.

What is Copyright?

What is Copyright?

: a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code)

:  exists the moment a work is created

: gives exclusives right to print, publish, perform, film, record, and to authorize others to do the same  

For Students

Copyright Crash Course

Getting permissions


Is it in the public domain?

Use the Digital Copyright Slider


Consult this chart from Cornell University to help determine if a work is in the Public Domain.

Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights

Want to know more about copyrights, patents and trademarks?  The National Paralegal College has compiled a helpful set of resources that address these issues.