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This guide is a resource on copyright and fair use compliance for students, staff, and faculty at Nebraska Methodist College. It is intended to provide general information and does not constitute legal advice.
Last Updated: Apr 26, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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Copyright law governs who may use original works of authorship and how such works may be used. Copyright law is rooted in the United States Constitution’s Copyright Clause (Article I, section 8, clause 8) which describes the power of Congress to “promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The Copyright Law of the United States is contained in Title 17 of the United States Code.

Given that the advancement of knowledge is inherent to copyright, there are specific limitations to the rights of copyright holders. At the same time, anyone wishing to use someone else's intellectual work (for example, in a paper or other publication; as a classroom handout; or even as material on a website), must respect the rights of copyright holders. The mix of rights and limitations creates a subjective and uneasy balance in copyright. The purpose of this guide is to provide information that will help educator and student alike find the correct balance.


    Copyright on Campus (Video)

    This new video from the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) is a quick, fun and insightful look at copyright in academia.


    • General introduction to copyright law and what it does and does not cover
    • Review of fair use and associated guidelines to determine whether or not permission is needed
    • Discussion of digital sharing of content and how copyright applies to it
    • Insight into why copyright should matter to all faculty and staff campus-wide

    Copyright Tutorial

    The Ohio State University Libraries have created a fun and factual interactive tutorial on Copyright, with the purpose of helping "to understand the basics of United States Copyright Law to increase your comfort level with the use of copyrighted works and help you to understand your own copyright."


    1. Why bother?
    2. Why it exists.
    3. What's covered?
    4. When it ends.
    5. Who owns it?
    6. How it happens.
    7. Why you should care.
    8. What exceptions exist?
    9. What alternatives exist?


    Welcome to John Moritz Library's Copyright & Educational Fair Use LibGuide. This resource is designed to provide educators information on copyright and related topics that is concise, well-organized, and easy to navigate.

    The information provided here does not purport to supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.

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    NMC Core Values & the Ethical Use of Information

    NMC Core Values encourage and support the ethical use of information. 

    We expect the best from everyone and hold ourselves to the highest ideals of personal, professional and organizational performance.

    We embrace the experiential process by which knowledge, insight, understanding and ultimately wisdom are created for ourselves and those we serve.

    We recognize and uphold the dignity and self-worth of every human being, and promote honest and forthright interpersonal communication and behaviors.

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    My favorite books are:
    Slaughterhouse Five (Kurt Vonnegut); Fahrenheit 451 (Ray Bradbury); Animal Farm (George Orwell); The Odd Woman (Gail Godwin); Moby Dick (Herman Melville); Anna Karenina (Leo Tolstoy)

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