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Respect for the intellectual property of others is a critical aspect of academic ethics.  The University of Colorado and Auraria Higher Education Center encourage individuals to learn about copyright law and fair use.  Many materials in the University of Colorado Digital Library are protected by U.S. copyright law.  Copyright provides legal protection for the creators of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.  Among other things, it grants the copyright holder exclusive rights in the display, performance, reproduction, and distribution of the work.  Exemptions such as “fair use” and the TEACH Act provide certain limitations to these exclusive rights.  Some, but not all, academic uses of copyrighted works may be considered fair use.

Questions about the use of copyrighted materials in University work that are not otherwise addressed on these sites can be forwarded to Legal Counsel, University of Colorado.

University of Colorado and Auraria Higher Education Center Resources

University of Colorado System: Copyright Information

University of Colorado at Boulder: Copyright

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, Kraemer Family Library: Copyright Information

Auraria Library: Copyright

University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus, Denison Memorial Library: Copyright Information

Other Resources

U.S. Copyright Office

Frequently Asked Questions about Copyright:

Fair Use Title 17, US Code
Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use: - 107

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (pdf)
U.S. Copyright Office Summary

American Library Association
Distance Education and the TEACH Act

When U.S. Works Pass into the Public Domain

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