The purpose of this guide is to provide faculty, staff, and students at UW-Parkside with an understanding of copyright law and fair use.
While copyright issues can be complex, understanding the basics helps avoid legal penalties for both you and the university.
Disclaimer: This guide is not intended to replace the advice of legal counsel and should not be taken as legal advice.
What is copyright?
A public domain work is a creative work that is not protected by copyright and which may be freely used by everyone.
Works fall into the public domain for three main reasons:
See Copyright Term & the Public Domain created by Cornell librarians to determine whether a work falls into public domain.
The owner of copyright has the exclusive right to do and authorize the following:
Copyright protection covers both published and unpublished works as well as out-of-print materials.