This is the "Copyright Overview" page of the "Copyright & Fair Use" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Copyright & Fair Use  

Last Updated: Sep 26, 2016 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Copyright Overview Print Page

What is Copyright?

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship,” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works.

  • "Copyright Basics" from the U.S. Copyright Office
    12-page "plain language" summary of copyright laws, including:
    -- What is (and is not) protected by copyright
    -- How to secure a copyright
    -- How Long Copyright Protection Endures
    -- Search of Copyright Office Records

  • U.S. Copyright Law
    Complete version of the U.S. Copyright Law (December 2011)
    and Related Laws Contained in Tıtle 17 of the United States Code

Online Resources


Ask a Librarian

We're here to help.

Health Sciences Library
(315) 464-7091

Ask us a question

Library Hours


Resources on Copyright at our Library

Cover Art
Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators - Kenneth D. Crews
Call Number: Scholars Den Z 642 C927c 2012
ISBN: 0838910920
Publication Date: 2011-01-01

Cover Art
Copyright Law on Campus - Marc Lindsey
Call Number: KF 3030.1 L753c 2003
ISBN: 0874222648
Publication Date: 2003-01-01


Copyright news

Keep current with news updates from the Scholarly Communications @ Duke blog!

Loading Loading...
blank padding


Loading  Loading...