Respecting the rights of authors, creators and producers is a critical component of academic integrity.
The following resources, which are by no means exhaustive, are provided for the convenience of our patrons. It’s the user’s responsibility to comply with all applicable laws, regulations and the Copyright Policy of Liberty University.
The United States Copyright Act grants the copyright owner exclusive rights in the following areas:
The law broadly defines copyright protection and then provides a number of exceptions to the copyright owners’ exclusive rights. The best-known exception is ‘fair use.’ There are four factors to be considered in a ‘fair use’ analysis in making a determination of what constitutes ‘fair use’:
For a guide to what amounts to “fair use” exception and other information regarding intellectual property, see 17 U.S.C. § 106 (2005). See also the following: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/Copyright_and_Fair_Use_Overview/chapter0/index.html.
The Liberty University Faculty Handbook also contains guidelines and procedure for copying and obtaining permission to reproduce copyright-protected materials. See Faculty Handbook.