To address questions regarding copyright and fair use and to ensure copyright compliance when designing your course curriculum, please refer to these helpful online resources:

  • U.S. Copyright Office – Copyright & Fair Use
    Fair use is a legal doctrine that promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances. Section 107 of the Copyright Act provides the statutory framework for determining whether something is a fair use and identifies certain types of uses—such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research—as examples of activities that may qualify as fair use.

  • The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance
    See a six-minute video made available by the global rights licensing experts at Copyright Clearance Center, where “Jane the librarian educates her university colleagues about copyright law.”

  • Know Your Copy Rights Brochure 
    This six-page brochure includes tips for faculty and teaching assistants in higher education, to help navigate what you can and can’t do when it comes to providing your students with access to copyrighted material.

Additionally, the following books are in LU Library’s Faculty Collection:


Managing Copyright in Higher Education: A Guidebook
by Donna L. Ferullo
Call# 025.1 F47 2017


Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators
by Kenneth Crews
Call# 346.7304 C74 2012


Copyright Essentials for Librarians and Educators
by Kenneth Crews
Call# 346.7304 C74 2000