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Ethical use of material in teaching


We are not lawyers. None of the information in this guide should be taken as legal counsel. If you have further questions, please contact university counsel at 439-8550.


Copyright for digitized material is:

     a)  a bramble-laden thicket waiting to scratch the ankles of academics who venture there.

     b)  a scary legal area to be avoided at all costs.

     c)  the devil.

     d)  an amalgam of law and guidelines that, with a little familiarity and good ATS/Sherrod Library support, is easy to follow.

The correct answer is d) -- and you've already solved most of your problem by being aware that copyright may be an issue with the material you use at the University.

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