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Copyright and Fair Use

This guide includes resources for faculty and students to use to answer their questions concerning Copyright and Fair Use.

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors/creators of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Copyright law further allows the owner of copyright the exclusive right to do and to authorize others to reproduce, prepare derivative works, distribute, perform, or display works. It is illegal for anyone to violate any of the rights provided by the copyright law to the owner of copyright.

Adapted from Copyright Basics, circular 1 rev: 07/2008, United States Copyright Office

Video: Copyright on Campus

Policy Statement

North Dakota State College of Science (NDSCS) adheres to federal copyright laws protecting the rights of owners of works of intellectual property. It is the responsibility of every member of the College to follow the copyright laws set forth by Congress in the Copyright Act of 1976, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the Technology Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act). NDSCS educates its community on the ethical and acceptable uses of protected works and will correct any known infringements. Furthermore, NDSCS implements technological measures, such as password protection of online course spaces to prevent distribution of copyrighted materials used legally and ethically in online course spaces from being accessible beyond them.