The Office of Legal Affairs has included a tool to help with making a fair use evaluation for your materials. Please follow the steps within the fair use tool.

What is copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States for original works of authorship, including literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. Copyright literally means the right to copy but has come to mean that body of exclusive rights granted by law to copyright owners for protection of their work.

Copyright protection does not extend to any idea, procedure, process, system, title, principle, or discovery. Similarly, names, titles, short phrases, slogans, familiar symbols, mere variations of typographic ornamentation, lettering, coloring, and listings of contents or ingredients are not subject to copyright. For more information regarding copyright term and public domain, please see copyright chart.

If you need pictures or other images for a presentation or event please use bing to search for your images and use the filter for images that are free to share and use. This will prevent you from experiencing any issues regarding a copyright problem with images.  Also, below are a few websites to check for use of music.

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Copyright Notice

The copyright notice consists of three elements. They are the c in a circle (©), the year of first publication, and the name of the owner of copyright. A copyright notice is no longer legally required to secure copyright on works first published on or after March 1, 1989, but it does provide legal benefits.

What is a trademark?

A distinctive mark, motto, device, or emblem, which a manufacturer stamps, prints, or otherwise affixes to the goods he produces, so that they may be identified in the market, and their origin be vouched for.