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Copyright, Fair Use, DMCA & The TEACH Act

This research guide is designed to help faculty in the usage of copyrighted material in online instruction. This guide is not a substitute for legal advice.

About Copyright

The U.S. Copyright Office is actually a department of the Library of Congress, and was created by Congress in 1897. The U.S. law has been revised several times, including recently to address digital technologies.

Copyright is a type of intellectual property that protects original works of authorship as soon as an author fixes the work in a tangible form of expression. Find more information at

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