Since many items created in the United States have automatic copyright protection, you should be aware of copyright every time you use materials created by someone else. Here are some examples:
Remember: you can use something for educational purposes and still be in violation of the law!
It is important to understand copyright because it affects your work at Davidson College. You can use something for educational purposes and still be responsible for copyright infringement. Information about how you can use works legally is listed in this guide.
Do you need to make copies to distribute at a meeting or for a coursepack? Copyright law applies!
Fortunately, the College has an Annual Academic License with the Copyright Clearance Center that covers many materials for precisely these uses. Learn more about the license in our guide.
Is the item you want to use not covered by the license? Learn more about the fair use copyright exemption.
This site is intended for informational purposes only. Library staff members cannot give legal advice. For legal advice, you should contact an intellectual property attorney.