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Copyright Information and Resources

The concept of copyright as we know it today dates back hundreds of years. The purpose of copyright is to promote the progress of science and the useful arts by granting creators exclusive rights in their creative works. This grant of rights is balanced out by certain exceptions and privileges granted to users.

In higher education, copyright affects all areas of our work: teaching, scholarship, and professional development. As teachers, we use copyrighted materials in the classroom to facilitate learning. As scholars, we produce a vast array of new knowledge often published in monographs and journals. As professionals, we share our research with colleagues from around the world. In each of these instances, a basic understanding of copyright law is critical.

Copyright is complicated. Black and white answers are the exception rather than the rule. This often frustrates faculty and students alike. This site was created by the Mervyn H. Sterne Library to provide fast and accurate copyright information to the UAB community. Nothing on this site should be construed as legal advice.

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