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Scholarly Communication: Copyright, Fair Use & Author Rights

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

UC San Diego Library Copyright Guide

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

Copyright

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 templates.
  • Information on attribution best practices