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Provides a general overview of copyright issues for University of Maryland faculty and students.

Questions about Copyright?

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UMD Permissions?

For permission to use materials from publications produced by campus departments, programs, or research centers under the auspices of the University of Maryland, contact the UPub Copyright Clearing Center.

Obtaining Permission to Copy

The Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University has complied an extensive list of resources to assist in locating copyright owners.


This is a guide to copyright information and issues for University of Maryland students and faculty prepared by University Libraries staff in cooperation with the UMD Office of General Counsel. 

Information in this library guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.

Copyright Compliance Strategies

For Teaching Faculty:

1) Use articles and materials to which the University has electronic licensing rights.

2) Use works in the public domain.

3) Create and use your own works.

4) Using the four factors of fair use, conduct individual fair use analyses for every work you wish to reproduce and distribute to a class and record your analysis.

5) Obtain permission from copyright owners.

For Students:

1) Copy only so much of a work as you need to complete your academic project.

2) Limit distribution to the class and professor.

What You Can Do

    Exhibit materials in a live classroom? Post materials to an online class? Distribute readings? Create electronic reserves?
Works Not Copyrighted Public Domain Works Yes Yes Yes Yes
Copyrighted Works Your Own Works Yes Yes Yes Yes
  Open Access Works Yes Link Link Link
  Electronic Works Licensed by UMD


Link Link Link
  Electronic Works with a Creative Commons License Yes Yes Yes Yes
  Other Works Yes Yes* Yes** Yes**

* If meets either TEACH Act or Fair Use standards.  If not, LINK or seek permission.

** If meets Fair Use standards.  If not, LINK or seek permission.

Adapted from the ARL brochure, Know Your Copy Rights.