The purpose of this guide is to assist the Liberty University community in understanding the basic concepts of the Copyright Law of the United States and how it impacts the use of copyrighted materials by students, faculty, and staff. This is not legal advice and should not be considered as such. We are here to help you make informed decisions. If you have questions that are not covered in this guide, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance.
There are certain instances in which you can legally and ethically use copyrighted works. These include:
Copyright.gov Circulars are published by the U.S. Copyright Office to provide up-to-date information to the general audience.
The Copyright Law of the United States publication contains text from Title 17 of the United States Code, including up-to-date amendments enacted by Congress.
The Library Copyright site assists users with Section 108, preservation and reproduction of items for libraries and archives.
Reproduction for blind or other people with disabilities statute in Section 121 of Title 17 text regarding the limitations on exclusive rights.
First Sale Doctrine refers to the rights of an owner of a copyrighted work. The owner of the work can sell, lend, or share their copy without having to gain permission. This is similar to purchasing a paperback that you can sell, lend, or share.