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Copyright & Fair Use

Understanding the ins and outs of copyright is challenging. The best advice is usually to know where to find the information when you need it, which is why we've compiled this research guide.

Additional Resources

Additional Resources

copyright law and interpretation aids

Copyright law & Interpretation Aids

Best Practices & Frequently Asked Questions

Best Practices & Frequently asked questions


Copyright Frequently Asked Questions

Duke University Medical Center Library and Archives

This site presents a very good set of best practice examples -- illustrated in response to specific questions. One should especially note the Best Practices suggestion under each question.

While some of the content does not pertain outside of Duke University, many of the suggestions are pertinent to Taylor faculty and students. For example, question 4: “What is the best or easiest way to use materials for teaching?”, the answer to which directs persons to the library. This is often the best route at Taylor, to utilize resources that the Library already provides or to work with librarians to obtain the desired resources.

Do be aware that these “best practices” are suggestions at best though they strive to be sound and reasonable. They do not eliminate the need to consider each use of copyrighted content on an individual basis in light of copyright law and the fair use criteria.

Tools for Fair Use Evaluation

Tools for Fair use evaluation


Media in the Classroom

Media in the classroom


Video presents special challenges in determining permissible use. While fair use principles pertain there are some provisions of copyright law, especially the TEACH Act that have implications for using video. These two resources provide specific considerations regarding fair use of video:

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