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Copyright and Fair Use

Resources and basic guidance for navigating copyright, fair use, and rights statements.


This resource guide was created to help the CPP community better understand copyright and why things like fair use, intellectual property, rights statements, and creative commons are relevant to students, researchers, and academics.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER: Please keep in mind that librarians are not lawyers. This resource guide does not constitute legal advice. If you need legal advice, consult a lawyer.

Some tips that will help you though for finding content that should be safer are as follows:

  • Choose items with clearly listed copyright information
  • Double-check all copyright information
  • Copy attribution texts exactly where possible
  • Re-read terms of use on websites where you find content

"Large copyright sign made of jigsaw puzzle pieces" by Horia Varlan. Licensed under CC BY 2.0