Copyright Infringement

Copyright infringement is the unauthorized use of work(s) protected by copyright or infringing the copyright holder's rights without written permission from the copyright holder. Commonly, copyright infringement is termed as piracy or theft. If you are not the creator of the work(s) you wish to use, you will need to obtain permission from the copyright holder, as there can be serious legal consequences to infringement (both civil and criminal).

If permission was obtained to use a copyrighted work, include a “used with permission” statement when reproducing or distributing the work (e.g. © Pearson Education, Inc. 2011. Used with permission June 30, 2012). Always cite your source, whether you use someone else’s data, a work from the public domain, a work for which permission was obtained, an open access work, a library resource, etc. but also note that citation does not necessarily eliminate the need to obtain written permission to use the material.

If using material for which YOU are the creator (e.g. a photograph you have taken, a chart or graph you have created, an article you have written, or an image that you have drawn, etc.), ensure that you indicate as such. Although not required, it is recommended to use the universal symbol © on any works you have created, along with your name and the year in which the work was created.

The Copyright Office is available to help if you have questions about copyright or if you would like to schedule a presentation about copyright for you and your colleagues.


Note: The information obtained from or through this site does not constitute legal advice, but is provided as guidelines for using works for educational purposes.

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