Copyright and fair use

Intellectual Property Issues for Faculty

Intellectual Property Legal Issues For Faculty
By Ann Springer, Associate Counsel
November 2004

"Only one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet."
—Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903

I. Introduction

A. Copyright law is a complicated, somewhat circular and amorphous mixture of fact and law.

B. Copyright law applies to many more aspects of daily life as an academic than most recognize.

Statement on Copyright

Statement explaining faculty members’ basic rights of ownership of their intellectual property, prevailing academic practice, and exceptions in which colleges and universities may fairly claim full or partial ownership of works created by faculty members.

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