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A guide for students and instructors. This guide is not intended to be legal advice. It was not created by lawyers. It is designed to provide general information about copyright and intellectual property.

Copyright Guide Introduction

This guide provides an overview and some resources to navigate the U.S. Copyright Law as it relates to work at Touro University Nevada. It was created by librarians and not intended to be legal advice. There are many resources within this guide that were created by professionals in the legal field that should get you started in the right direction.You can find information for teaching, student projects, and publishing using the following links or tabs above.

Copyright for Teaching - Resources for preparing lessons that involve copyrighted materials and for finding works that do not require permissions

Copyright for Student Projects - Resources for using materials in student projects

Copyright for Creators - Resources for protecting your own works

Resources are also presented by topic. You can use the links below or the tabs above.

Fair Use - Information on how to determine if copyrighted materials can be used under the Fair Use section of the law

Creative Commons - Information on Creative Commons licenses and tools

Public Domain - Information on figuring out if a work is copyrighted or in the public domain

U.S. Copyright Office - Information on resources available through the U.S. Copyright Office

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Jay Sexter Library
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Henderson, NV 89014

Copyright Introduction

U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 of the United States Code) is a legal protection "for original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression." Copyright covers published and unpublished works, impacting how we share and use information daily. You might be surprised to know that your social medial posts are covered under copyright.

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Copyright protects literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works, both published and unpublished; in print, electronic, online, or any other format. Copyright exists to foster creativity, giving certain exclusive rights to writers, musicians, artists, and other types of creators, the exclusive rights to their works.

Sections 107 through 122 of Title 17 provides the copyright owner with the exclusive rights to:

  • the reproduction of their copyrighted work
  • derivative works from their copyrighted work
  • the distribution of copies of their copyrighted work
  • the performance or display of their copyrighted work

InterLibrary Loan

Copyright law, Title 17 of the U.S. Code may protect the information shared via InterLibrary Loan. Section 504 states that you may be liable for any actual or statutory damages for copyright infringement.

Remember - Materials requested through InterLibrary Loan are for one-time use.  If you re-distribute it electronically or in print, store in permanent files, or allow others to access this electronic file, you may be infringing upon copyright.