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Get answers on copyright and fair use through our consultations, workshops and presentations, online resources, and more.
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Find resources and guidance for considering copyright concerns when selecting course materials.
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View our public statements on copyright as it relates to scholarship, research, the library, and the university.
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Learn about copyright, fair use, Creative Commons, open access, scholarly publishing, and obtaining permission.
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Copyright Basics
Information about U.S. copyright law, including rights of users, permission, and the public domain.
Substantial Similarity
Illustrates the "substantial similarity" doctrine from U.S. copyright law, using a set of case summaries.
Finding Usable Materials
Resource for faculty, staff, and students to learn where to find content they can easily use, remix, and share without worrying about copyright restrictions.
Creative Commons
Information about Creative Commons licenses, which allow you to share, reuse, and remix images, video, music, and other content.
Obtaining Copyright Permissions
Explains how to find copyright holders and get permission to use different copyrighted works.
Copyright and Course Websites
Answers to common questions about copyright and course websites, including when and how materials can be posted on Canvas.
Copyright and Using Video
When and how copyright affects use of videos in classrooms.
Copyright for Dissertations
Answers to common copyright questions that come up when working on a dissertation, including using others' content and publishing.
Scholarly Publishing
Information about journals, books, and open access for authors looking to publish scholarly works.
Open Access
An overview of what open access is, answers to frequently asked questions, and information about how to make your work open access.
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Author’s Addenda
Addenda you can use when signing publishing agreements for articles and books.
Contract Request Letter
Template letter for requesting a copy of your publishing agreement from your publisher.
Copyright and Oral History Interviews
Best practices and sample release forms for conducting oral history interviews.
Gift Agreements
Forms for U-M affiliates to use when working with donors.
Licensing Form
For copyright holders to document that they’ve licensed a work under Creative Commons.
Rights Reversion
Form for requesting your copyright back in order to increase access to your scholarship.
Syllabus Statement
Statement for instructors to include on their syllabi to inform their students about copyright and academic integrity.
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