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"The exclusive, legally secured right to reproduce, distribute, and perform a literary, musical, dramatic, or artistic work." -- Encyclopædia Britannica

U.S. Copyright Office

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Welcome to the Copyright LibGuide! This Guide is designed to share information on copyright and related topics for facultry and students.


How do you violate copyright?

You violate copyright when you fail to give compensation, or use ideas (content,images, music) WITHOUT getting permission, even if you give credit.

Plagiarism is not the same as Copyright Infringement.


There are some exceptions in copyright law, where you can use items under the U.S. doctrine of Fair Use. Fair Use covers uses such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.

You can also use items that are in the public domain (Public Domain items are no longer protected under copyright laws) or that have been released under certain Creative Commons licenses.

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Central Indiana Libraries Reference Desk Hours

North Meridian Campus Hours

8 am - 9 pm
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9 am - 3 pm
3 pm - 10 pm
Lawrence Campus Hours
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8 am - 5:00 pm
Phone Reference

North Meridian 317.921.4782
Lawrence 317.921.4219

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