Welcome to the Copyright Page
"The copyright bargain: a balance between protection for the artist and rights for the consumer." ~ John Gross
"The Congress shall have Power to... promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." ~ United States Constitution, Article 1, Section 8
Copyright grants its holder the sole legal right to copy works of original expression, such as literary works, movies, musical works, sound recordings, paintings, computer progams, or industrial designs, for a defined period of time.
Fair use provisions of the U.S. Copyright Law grant particular types of users conditional rights to use or reproduce certain copyrighted material as long as the reproduction or use of those materials meets fair use guidelines. Fair use balances the free speech rights guaranteed under the First Amendment with the rights of the author to control the use of copyrighted work.
To learn more about Fair Use, click here.
Copyright-Friendly Toolkit - Put together by library leader, Joyce Valenza, this toolkit provides guidelines, categories, and tools to consider as you create, contribute to, and enrich our shared culture!