Due to U.S. copyright law, a great deal of creative content is automatically copyrighted upon creation. You should assume something is copyrighted until you have details about its copyright status.
Before using content, follow these steps
It's important to remember that the copyright owner is not always the original author/creator.
To identify the copyright owner of a work, check one or more of the following:
In some cases, you may need to contact a licensing agency. A list of collective licensing agencies can be found at the Copyright Advisory Office of Columbia University.
When you request permission, you want to get written permission (i.e. email or letter).
In your request, you should include the following:
Remember: Getting permission can take a while! Although it doesn't always take this long, be aware that the process can take a few months.
Meet with a research librarian to discuss a copyright question.
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.