Copyright is a federal law that grants creators of original works of authorship or artistic works some exclusive rights regarding their creations. Creators have the right to:
This means that only the copyright holder can exercise these rights. In order to do things like photocopy a journal article or book chapter (from either a print or electronic source) to distribute in class, scan an article or book chapter to place in Sakai, or create a course pack from material found in print sources or online, a permission or clearance from the copyright holder MAY be needed.
Bear in mind that these rights can, and often are, sold or transferred, either as a bundle or individually. The original author can be the rights holder, but, in many cases, it is the publisher that holds these rights.
|Permission is NOT needed if:||Permission IS needed when:|
|Library already has a license for use
||Using copyrighted works in print course packs|
|Work can be linked to
||Posting the full text of non-licensed, copyrighted works in Sakai|
|Work is licensed for use without permission (e.g. Creative Commons licensing)
||Photocopying book chapters or journal articles for class distribution|
|Work is in the Public Domain
||Incorporating copyrighted material (text, images, charts, diagrams) into newly created works|
|Work is produced by the U.S. Federal Government
|Use of the work is considered a fair use