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Scholarly Communication: Copyright, Fair Use & Author Rights

Guides, tools, and consultations for the use and creation of copyrighted works. 

Support for:

  • The use of materials that were produced by others in your studies, research, creative pursuits, and service activities.
  • Cooperation with Copyright and Fair Use laws.
  • Retention of your copyright and licensing your own works


The information presented here is intended for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions, please see the campus legal counsel.

We provide guides and tools for using materials that were produced by others in your studies, research, creative pursuits, and service activities. We offer guidance to help our academics comply with Copyright and Fair Use laws, as well as retain rights and apply creative commons licenses to their works.

For more information on this topic, see this copyright guide :

  • What is covered by copyright
  • Copyright and fair use calculators and tools
  • Fair Use - 4 factors
  • Public Domain - what it is and resources
  • Copyright alternatives - Creative Commons licenses
  • Obtaining permission from copyright holders - what requests should include and communication templates
  • Authors keep your copyright! - know your rights, what you could lose, and an author addenda to retain your rights when signing your publisher/author agreements. Download an author agreement template here.
  • Image copyright guide on finding, using and citing images

Copyright and Library Policy

Copyright 5 Question Decision Tree

Fair Use Analysis Worksheet




Your Scholarship, Your Rights

“Be a responsible steward of your intellectual property. Retain vital rights for you and your readers while authorizing publishing activities that benefit everyone by making scholarship more widely available.”

— Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

What can authors do? Librarians are happy to help with the process!

  • Negotiate with the publishers to retain explicit ownership of your content (Author's 5 Basic Rights)
  • Transfer, via an author addendum, to the publisher only those rights needed for publication.
  • Specify other rights of particular value to you or your  home institution
  • Consider publishing with an organization that will facilitate the widest dissemination of your work in order to help you fulfill your personal and professional goals as a scholar.

Licensing Your Works - CC license


Creative Commons Licenses explained here (and your library can advise as well!)

Copyright Cases Related to Academica