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Copyright: Using Materials

This guide provides information (not legal advice) to support NWC community decision-making in the use of copyright protected material in research, learning, and teaching.

Purpose of Guide and Disclaimer

This guide intends to refer NWC community users to accurate information. However, information received from the NWC Library or the NWC Copyright Librarian is neither legal advice/opinion nor legal counsel to the college or any members of the NWC community. Please contact the NWC Office of General Counsel or NWC Staff Judge Advocate's Office for NWC-related legal advice and interpretation of the law, or personal counsel for personal legal advice. The appearance of hyperlinks does not constitute endorsement by NWC of sites or the information, products, or services contained therein, nor does NWC exercise editorial control over the information found at these locations. Such links are provided consistent with the stated purpose of this guide. U.S. copyright law is subject to change.

Using Materials...

In an academic setting, copyrighted materials are used in a number of different ways for various purposes. Material is used for research and teaching, and in some cases, those uses may be covered by specific exceptions in copyright law. Important exceptions in an academic setting include fair use, library uses, and uses for performance and display of a work in online courses and face-to-face teaching

The links below provide additional information integral to the decision-making process of using copyrighted works.