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Copyright and Fair Use

This page is designed to help Rollins students, faculty, and staff with questions about copyright.
Contact Elizabeth Fairall with further questions.


When using text data mining (TDM) as part of a research strategy, remember that the materials you mine may be protected by copyright. Simply because the library has subscribed to the journal or database does not necessarily mean that we have TDM rights to that same content. Please contact Your Librarian to understand whether you have TDM rights to the library resource you are interested in mining.

Useful Links

Audio and Video You Can Use Freely
This guide is designed to help students find and use video, audio, and multimedia works without having to seek copyright permission.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts
This Code is based on a consensus of professionals in the visual arts who use copyrighted images, texts, and other materials in their creative and scholarly work and who identified best practices for using such materials. However, although there is much useful advice in the code and it represents current practice in the field, the principles and limitations do not represent official Rollins College policy.

Copyright Clearance Center
The CCC is a publisher funded organization that aims to help users of copyrighted works seek permission to use works.

Copyright Office
The federal agency charged with administering the U.S. copyright system. This is a good site for official news on copyright, for the details of copyright bulletins and rules, and the place to research the copyright status of works.

Creative Commons
A source of standard licenses that enable copyright holders to determine how they would like their works to used by others.

Duke Law School’s Intro to Fair Use
A good, thorough introduction for students on “fair use”, stylized as a comic book.

Rollins Fair Use Checklist
Complete and retain a copy of this checklist for each “fair use” of a copyrighted work in order to establish a “reasonable and good faith” attempt at applying fair use should any dispute regarding such use arise.

Society of American Archivists Copyright and Unpublished Material Guide
Provides information about archives and manuscript collections that may be protected by copyright.

Stanford University Copyright & Fair Use Center
Emphasizes copyright issues especially relevant to the education and library community, including examples of fair use and policies. Useful copyright charts and tools are continually added to help users evaluate copyright status and best practices.

When Works Pass into the Public Domain
Cornell University has a chart of when works pass into the public domain and can be used (in ways that would otherwise infringe the exclusive rights of the copyright holder) without permission.