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Copyright for Students: Getting started

About this Guide

Please note:  This guide is not a legal document.  It is offered as an educational tool to introduce some key aspects of copyright law and provide resources to help locate materials in the public domain or under Creative Commons licenses. 

Members of our campus, including students working on multimedia projects, are encouraged to use copyright-free materials and only use copyrighted materials if they can obtain the rights or if their use of those materials falls under Fair Use.

This guide: Will introduce you to key concepts of copyright law. Will help you better understand your rights and responsibilities as a copyright holder and user. Will make you aware of resources that can help you find media that you can use in your assignments. Will connect you with on-campus resources and support.


Disclaimer: This guide covers basic issues of copyright for Bucknell students who may need to use copyrighted information in their course work. It is not intended as legal advice.  More information is available on the mybucknell copyright site (login may be required), which includes our institution's policy.

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