Dominican University of California is committed to upholding United States copyright law. With much of our student and faculty work being made available online and freely available to the public, education of our faculty and students in regards to the proper use of copyrighted material in the classroom and in their academic work is a priority. Copyright can be complex but faculty and students should have a basic understanding of the issues surrounding copyright so as to avoid legal penalties.
The purpose of this guide is to help faculty and students understand the basics of using copyright, Fair Use, the TEACH Act, the use of photographs and other material in theses, and using alternative materials that are free of the normal copyright restrictions.
Copyright Law is defined by Title 17 of the United States Code. Section 102 (a) states:
Copyright protection subsists, in accordance with this title, in original works of authorship fixed in any tangible medium of expression, now known or later developed, from which they can be perceived, reproduced, or otherwise communicated, either directly or with the aid of a machine or device. Works of authorship include the following categories:
(1) literary works;
(2) musical works, including any accompanying words;
(3) dramatic works, including any accompanying music;
(4) pantomimes and choreographic works;
(5) pictorial, graphic, and sculptural works;
(6) motion pictures and other audiovisual works;
(7) sound recordings; and
(8) architectural works.
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