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Using Works and Copyright

Help determining if you have the legal right to use another's work.

University Copyright Information

The University has created information for the campus community on the Kelvin Smith Library website. Here you will find the University's Copyright Compliance Policy.

"Each member of the University community is accountable for copyright compliance. The Copyright @Case site offers information about using copyrighted materials, various checklists and charts for informed decisions, legislative news and changes, and support through University contacts."

Case Western Reserve University, Case Copyright Compliance Policy Copyright@Case (last visited 6/2019).

The U.S. Copyright Office's website has a wealth of information:

-  Copyright statues and regulations (NOTE: may not include recent changes to the law)

Circulars ("provide up-to-date and authoritative information to a general audience")

-  Policy Issues, such as policy studies, legislative developments, etc.

Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices (note: this is currently being revised)

Archive of briefs and legal opinions

Email Updates service



 From: U.S. Copyright Office, Overview of the Copyright Office (last visited 6/2019).


Useful Information

Overviews of How to Use Works According to Copyright Law:


The content presented on this site is informational and is not to be construed as legal advice. Counsel is always the final, appropriate source for legal advice.