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The resources listed here explain copyright rights, duration of protection and how to use copyright-protected works. This guide is intended for teachers, students and librarians.


Welcome to the *NEW* Columbia College Chicago copyright libguide!  This guide is designed for teachers, students, creators—and others who use and create work.  In short, most anyone. 

If you are familiar with the old guide, don't worry; you'll find most of the same tools from that guide linked to this new guide.  I've re-organized the information a bit and added brief explanations of some principles of copyright law.  For more in-depth information, please consult the links in the "resources" section on this page.  As a friendly reminder, nothing in this guide provides legal advice.  These resources are for information only.

I hope this guide is useful to you.  Feel free to contact me with comments or suggestions.

Best regards,

Maryam Fakouri

Resources for More Information

Duke University Scholarly Communications Office  has expert commentary about copyright law in relation to academic endeavors

Copyright Crash Course, from the University of Texas, is an in-depth tutorial about copyright law

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center offers information about many aspects of fair use, including cases, best practices, and seeking permission

United States Copyright Office is our source for copyright law, regulations, and registration

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers by Kevin Smith, JD