The purpose of this site is to provide faculty, staff, and students at NNU with an understanding of copyright law and fair use. While copyright issues can be complex, everyone needs to understand the basics. Failure to comply with copyright law can lead to substantial legal penalties.
This site also includes copyright and fair use compliance guidelines for faculty.
Copyright law, as defined in Title 17 of the United States Code, protects "original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression" for a limited period. Copyright protection includes, for instance, the legal right to publish and sell literary, artistic, or musical work, and copyright protects authors, publishers and producers, and the public. Copyright applies both to traditional media (books, records, etc.) and to digital media (electronic journals, web sites, etc.). Copyright protects the following eight categories of works:
Ownership of a copyrighted work includes the right to control the use of that work. Use of such work by others during the term of the copyright requires either permission from the author or reliance on the doctrine of fair use. Failure to do one or the other will expose the user to a claim of copyright infringement for which the law provides remedies including payment of money damages to the copyright owner.
If you wish to post an article in your CANVAS course and the NNU library does not subscribe to the journal nor pays for access to the full text in an online database you will need to GET PERMISSION to use the article.
The best way to do that is to go to the Copyright Clearance Center.
Fill out the form and it will calculate the cost of using that article and allow you to pay for the rights. However, remember that this gives you permission to use it for one semester - not indefinitely. If you find you are regularly using something - contact the librarians and discuss subscribing to the resource.