Use of Copyrighted Materials
The Copyright Law of the United States grants owners of copyrights (authors and other creators and publishers) the sole right to reproduce all or part of the work, to distribute copies, to prepare new (derivative) versions based on the original work, and to perform and display the work publicly.
In an effort to ensure continued compliance with the Copyright Law and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), the campus has adopted certain practices (e.g., the DMCA Notice). They apply to all materials that are or can be copyrighted: books; journal articles; literary, dramatic, musical, choreographic, and pictorial works; graphic works; pantomimes; sound recordings; sculptures; and motion pictures and audiovisual works. These categories include reference works (including dictionaries); videocassettes; computer programs, software, and databases; and electronic data and microfilm, etc.
The following sites offer helpful guidelines on copyright and fair use:
- Copyright Guide (Purchase College Library)
- Is It Protected By Copyright?, American Library Association
- When U.S. Works Pass Into the Public Domain, University of North Carolina
- Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses, Baruch College, CUNY
- Author’s Permission Guidelines, University of Chicago Press
For further information, please contact your chair or director.