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Copyright Guide: Using Copyrighted Materials

How to Use Copyrighted Materials

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

​​You do not always need to contact someone to get permission. Some licenses like Creative Commons grants permission to use work in advance.


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.

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