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Copyright: Finding & Re-using Images & Media: Overview

Copyright Resources


The United States Copyright Act protects original works from being used without permission from its owner.  The protections applies automatically, at the moment of the work's creation.

Copyright law protects literary, dramatic, musical and artistic works, including poetry, novels, movies, songs, computer software and architecture.

Copyright does not protect facts, ideas, systems or methods of operation, although it may protect the way these concepts are expressed.

Legal penalties for copyright infringement may include financial consequences (from $200 to $150,000 for each individual act of infringement) and jail time.

Guide Purpose

The purpose of this Guide is to assist faculty in making informed decisions about copyright and the use of copyrighted materials in online and blended courses.

It is not intended to replace the advice of legal counsel for specific copyright scenarios

Thank you to Kimberly Mullins at LIU Post for permission to copy her "Copyright Guidelines for Online Course Development" LibGuide.

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