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New website provides copyright guidelines

by UofL Today last modified Nov 12, 2009 09:37 AM

Whether a faculty member is making copies of a journal article she wrote, copying an article by another scholar for personal research or putting together course packs for students, her activities are governed by copyright law.

“Copyright law has become a ubiquitous influence on teaching and scholarship,” said Dwayne Buttler, Evelyn J. Schneider Endowed Chair for Scholarly Communication.

To help faculty, researchers and others at the university better understand the law, how it relates to them and how they can comply with it, the Delphi Center for Teaching and Learning and University Libraries have developed the Copyright Guidelines & Resources at UofL website.

“The UofL copyright website can aid faculty and others in managing common uses of copyrighted works and frame their decision making in pursuing more complex uses,” Buttler said. “These complex uses often involve applying ‘fair use’ in good-faith reasonable ways or seeking permission. Making reasonable decisions about fair use and copyright is fundamental to lessening potential liability for copyright infringement.”

The site has basic information on copyright law as well as information specific to such activities as teaching and using library services.

It also has sections for resources, frequently asked questions and scenarios specific to university teaching and learning.

“The idea of using scenarios came from our benchmark institutions,” said Sarah Wallin, Delphi Center webmaster and copyright site designer. “Depending on the way you like to search for answers, we have FAQs and scenarios.”

Content for the site came from members of a committee Provost Shirley Willihnganz assembled for the project.

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