The library offers a starting point for understanding copyright information. Students will find several links through the library site to provide further comprehension of the various aspects of copyright/fair use laws as the laws apply to school projects.
For some Frequently Asked Questions regarding copyright laws see below.
A general table for what you can and can not do (for educational and/or scholarly use)with copyrighted information (refer to the above copyright link for specific can/can't do information):
Q: Why is do we (students/staff) need to be concerned with copyright laws?
A: The impact of the use of copyrighted material has a financial impact on the author of the work(s) being used.
Q: What is the difference between the use of printed material and electronically produced material?
A: Fair Use applies to all forms of media with special concerns toward electronically produced work.
Q: How much may we copy/use for research projects?
A: The smaller the amount the better, from factual information not fiction, and as long as the material "copied" is not the heart of the work. Please see the Librarian or Information Technology Specialist for specific details.
Q: Can I cite the source of the material (including photographs)and not get in trouble?
A: Simply acknowledging the source does not protect you from claims of infringement. When in doubt regarding copyright/fair use violation, you should always seek permission from the originator.
Q: What is the 10% rule?
A: Only 10% (or until you meet the other parameters)of each of the following areas may be used in educational or scholarly work: text material, photographs, motion media, and music/lyrics. Please see your Librarian or Information Technology Specialist for specific parameters for usage.
Additional sites for further information regarding copyright/fair use:
Case studies for review regarding Fair Use.
Various articles relating to copyright and internet laws.