Frequently Asked Questions

What is a copyright?
What can be copyrighted? What cannot?
How do I copyright my work?
How do I register my copyright? How much does it cost?
Does a work have to be published to be copyrighted?
How long does a copyright last?
What is the public domain?
If a work is out of print, does that mean it's no longer copyrighted?
Are there any concise, authoritative resources that can help determine when a particular publication might be free of copyright protection?
What is fair use?
If I'm copying something for an educational purpose, isn't that fair use?
What if I need to copy more than would be permitted under fair use?
My request for permission was denied by the copyright owner. What can I do now?
What if my permission request was denied but now I believe fair use or a specific provision of the copyright law applies? Am I disadvantaged because I already requested permission?
What if there is no response?
What if I can't find current contact information for the copyright holder? For example the publisher is out of business or the author is deceased.
Can I copy a printed journal article for my students?
Can I download a digital copy of an article and post it to my Blackboard site?
Can I download a PDF of an article that is licensed by the library and post it to my class web site?
If an article is freely available online, is it protected by copyright?
Can I copy chapters from a textbook and distribute them to my students?
Can I show a video in my class without permission from the copyright owner?
What is the TEACH Act?

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