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Copyrighted materials are protected from infringement and other illegal use by federal and state laws. Willful misuse by Benedictine University employees or students can result in severe penalties including fines and imprisonment for individuals, as well as employee termination and student expulsion. Guidance provided by the Benedictine University Library should not be considered legal counsel. All costs and fees associated with obtaining copyright permission(s) are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) seeking copyright permission, and not the Benedictine University Library.
The Library welcomes the opportunity to assist you with your copyright questions relating to publications, presentations, course reserves and more. We help investigate copyright status, conduct fair use
analysis, and offer advice on interpreting the University and Library copyright policies. Visit our Copyright Research Guide for information on teaching with copyrighted materials. Direct your copyright inquiries to email@example.com.
The doctrine of Fair Use affords members of the academic community many opportunities to use copyrighted material. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Code of Best Practices in Fair Use informs the BenU Library's local policies and practices.
Below are four factors to consider when determining whether or not your intended use of copyrighted material constitutes fair use:
Creative Commons (CC) issues public copyright licenses that allow the free distribution of an otherwise copyrighted work. Creators use CC licenses when they want to give people the right to use or redistribute work that they have created. In addition to providing creators with flexible control over their work (e.g., the ability to restrict usage to only non-commercial uses of their work), CC licenses protect those who use or redistribute the work, without fear of copyright infringement, as long as they abide by the conditions specified in the license.
Works fall out of copyright over time and into the public domain, where they may be used freely for any purpose. In most cases, age determines whether or not a work is in the public domain.