The Salisbury University Libraries are committed to adhering to all applicable U.S. laws regarding intellectual property. The Libraries are also dedicated to providing copyright education and an environment in which all library patrons can make responsible and ethical use of copyrighted works in any format while taking full advantage of their rights under the fair use doctrine.
The Libraries copyright guide serves as an informational resource for the campus community. This guide is not intended to offer or substitute for legal advice. It is intended to provide an overview of key copyright issues and guidance in the application of the U.S. copyright law. The Libraries will not assume legal responsibility for library patrons who fail to make a good faith determination or otherwise do not comply with copyright law.
For assistance in making a good faith determination and for issues related to intellectual property rights, please contact Victoria Martin, Scholarly Communications Librarian.
According to the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, Chapter 1, § 110), known as the classroom exemption, the following uses are NOT infringements of copyright:
"performance or display of a work by instructors or pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities of a nonprofit educational institution, in a classroom or similar place devoted to instruction, unless, in the case of a motion picture or other audiovisual work, the performance, or the display of individual images, is given by means of a copy that was not lawfully made under this title, and that the person responsible for the performance knew or had reason to believe was not lawfully made."
The classroom use exemption is limited to face-to-face instruction and does NOT apply to online instruction or to instruction provided through a course delivery system, such as Canvas. You may choose to rely on fair use or TEACH Act for these uses.
Copyright protects digital items just as it does non-digital ones. However, in the digital environment it can be very difficult to see what copyright or license applies and even more difficult to track down a creator to ask for permission.
So what can you do?
(the original content created by the Butler University Libraries (CC BY) and modified by the Salisbury University Libraries)
The following uses are not infringements on copyright:
For more information, see the Copyright friendly resources tab.
You are responsible for making sure that all the materials you use comply with copyright law.
Assume that these materials are protected by copyright unless you can determine with confidence that they are not.