Copyright Guidelines and Resources

Letter from the Provost

provostDear Colleagues:

Respect for the intellectual property of others is a cornerstone of academic integrity. Copyright law balances the rights of copyright owners with the rights of educators by permitting certain uses of copyrighted material in teaching, learning, and scholarship without having to first obtain permission from the copyright owner.

In the past few years, the University of Louisville has further expanded the range of materials available to you and to the students enrolled in your courses by licensing a large quantity of digital material. These materials may be used in accordance with the terms of their respective license agreements. Moreover, the Blackboard courseware management tool and the Tegrity initiative have produced both new teaching and learning resources. While providing new opportunities, new concerns and questions about copyright and intellectual property arise as well.

We appreciate that the copyright clearance process may be complex and challenging, and it is the intention of the University of Louisville to abide by federal copyright law. With this in mind, I asked the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning and University Libraries to take the lead by forming a copyright task force to work with the Delphi Center in the development of this Copyright Web Site so that you will have information and access to resources available to you. This site can help you comply with the rules of copyright with respect to the use of copyrighted content in your courses. I am confident that the information and resources posted at the Copyright Web Site will help you provide your students with the materials you believe will best support their learning while providing guidance for compliance with copyright law.

Thus, this web site will guide your efforts to ensure that the materials you use in your courses—both in face-to-face teaching, web-enhanced teaching, and totally online courses—comply with copyright law. It explains the many circumstances in which you may freely use materials in courses without the need to seek permission; it also lists options available to you for those instances when permission of the copyright owner is required. Finally, it encourages you, as authors, to think about managing your own copyrights so that your material can be easily used in courses at the University of Louisville and at other institutions.

Over time, we will add enhancements to our new Copyright Web Site, and we welcome your feedback as we strive to provide you with the most current and most helpful information and guidance. Questions about the web site or copyright in general should be directed to


Shirley Willihnganz

Executive Vice President and University Provost

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