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Current technology offers many opportunities to create, distribute and control copyright protected works. Taking advantage of these opportunities sometimes places the scholarly and education community at odds with commercial interests. Copyright law attempts to balance these competing interests and to assure responsible copyright behavior. It is critical that all members of the University of Connecticut community stay informed about their rights and responsibilities.

General Copyright Guidelines

When considering the reproduction of any original work, determine whether

1) the work is protected by copyright,
2) the intended use qualifies as a fair use or an exception, or
3) the work is available under a license agreement.

If the work is protected and the intended use is not a fair use or legal exception, then seek permission from the copyright owner. If permission is denied, seek alternative works. If there are no alternative works, consult with the Office of the General Council (UConn).


The content of this Web site is for informational purposes only. It is intended to provide guidance in the use of copyrighted materials in relation to University of Connecticut Libraries’ services.

It is not intended to provide legal advice or serve as a substitute for consultation with competent legal counsel on matters regarding compliance with copyright law. This document is not a comprehensive University of Connecticut policy on copyright, and should not be interpreted as such.