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Welcome to the Cornell University Copyright Information Center.

Information For:

Information for Students

This site includes resources for you as a Cornell student, whether you are interested in either of the following:

  1. How copyright law may limit your behavior as a content user
  2. How copyright pertains to you as a content producer

The Copyright Policies page includes the useful article, "On File Sharing: A Letter to All Students Regarding Recording Industry Association of America 'Settlement Letters' and 'Preservation Notices'" (March, 2007). In addition, it includes guidelines for authors of theses and dissertations, under Copyright and Registration of Cornell Dissertations and Theses.

The Clearance Services page contains Cornell copyright permissions forms - a key resource for content users - in addition to information about library services related to copyright.

The Tutorials and Training page connects you to valuable resources pertaining to both content users and content producers.

Finally, the Resources page provides access to checklists and other decision tools, as well as to resources available from other institutions.

As an additional help in navigating the resources available on these pages, the FAQs section of the site offers answers to the Cornell community's most frequently asked questions on copyright.

Some Frequently Asked Questions from Students

Q: What is the public domain?
Q: Does my use constitute fair use?

Check out the complete list of Frequently Asked Questions.