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Copyright Center

What can the Copyright Center do for you?

The Copyright Center is a centralized place for all your answers to copyright-related topics. Here you can learn about:

Browse the guide, use the tools, or contact Center at copyright@mnstate.edu for individual questions and instruction.

The information contained in this guide should not be considered legal advice or counsel.

Key Points

  • Copyright is automatic once the work is in a tangible form.
  • Copyright holders have the rights to reproduce, distribute, make derivative works, and publicly display or perform their works.
  • There are specific exemptions within copyright law that allow use without permissions.
  • Fair use is the most commonly used exemption in an educational setting.
  • The TEACH Act was designed for online classes but fair use can also be used.
  • If a use does not qualify for an exemption, permission must be obtained for the use.