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Smarter Internet Searching: Copyright

A guide for when you are using resources outside of the library databases

What is Copyright?

Copyright is “the legal right to be the only one to reproduce, publish, and sell a book, musical recording, etc., for a certain period of time”*. *Merriam Webster Dictionary

What Does Copyright Mean for You?

1. Get permission from the creator OR

2. Look for works that are:

  • Public Domain (the copyright has expired)
  • Royalty Free
  • Licensed by Creative Commons or another public copyright 

3. Use proper attribution and/or citations!

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