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Not long ago, copyright law was a backwater area of jurisprudence and an arcane concern relevant only to a few members of the university community. Today copyright is an important and controversial topic, bearing on law, the market, the distribution of knowledge and culture, and even the significance of information in our democracy. The current economic, social, and legal landscape makes an understanding of copyright law not just widely relevant, but also challenging. This Web site is a resource for the Cornell community, designed to raise our awareness of the overarching issues, and to answer some of the questions that faculty, staff, and students frequently articulate.

This site offers information on copyright policy, copyright clearance services, and copyright training and tutorials. If you have questions about using copyrighted materials, whether in e-reserves, on course management sites, on other sites, or in face-to-face classroom settings, we hope you'll find the answers you're looking for here. If you don't find the answers you need, contact us!



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Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States: Peter Hirtle, Cornell University Library
Updated for 2013