Copyright @ Duke

In addition to the information available here on the Scholarly Communications web site, several offices at Duke offer additional advice about copyright as it pertains to their particular mission. Some of these sources of information are listed here.

The Duke Medical Center Library has a comprehensive copyright information site intended to support publication of research. It provides an overview of the law, discusses fair use and takes a helpful “best practices” approach:

The Perkins/Lilly Libraries offer this page to help apply copyright rules to the educational use of images:

As well as this set of links to general copyright guides and tools:

Duke’s Office of Information Technology provides an FAQ that summarizes copyright basics with a particular emphasis on file-sharing and other online activities:

Duke University’s Faculty Handbook contains a Policy on Intellectual Property Rights as part of its Appendix P on policies related to research (see pp. P-42):

These Guidelines on Copyright and Electronic Course Content were endorsed by the Duke Academic Council in February 2008:

8 thoughts on “Copyright @ Duke”

  1. Good day! This post could not be written any better! Reading through this post reminds me of my previous room mate! He always kept talking about this. I will forward this write-up to him. Pretty sure he will have a good read. Thanks for sharing!

  2. So when I read a blog site, I hope that that doesnt disappoint me as much as this one. I mean, I know it was my choice to learn to read, but I actually imagined youd have something interesting to convey. All I hear is lots of whining about something that one could fix if you werent too busy seeking attention.

  3. Hi,
    It’s crazy out here.

    Hi all,
    This is an interesting blog, and thanks for the several helpful posts.

    I am writing because for the past few days I’ve been working on a Library Guide (“LibGuide, Resource/Subject Guide). I found at least three digital images on ARTstor (a subscription database) that
    I want to upload (embed, copy-paste) in the LibGuide, of course, with credit to the source.
    At the bottom of the database’s site, I found “terms and conditions” as well as the name of the creator of the digital image. By email, I contacted him for permission to use these digital images. Turns out that, he is a digital librarian at a university, and says the purpose of the digital library is to provide “access to the public” “free and open”, and likewise granted permission as long as the name of that university is mentioned in the LibGuide (Credit to Source), which is swell.
    Wanting to be cautious, next I contacted ARTstor and was somewhat confused by the response. They say it’s okay to download/upload digital images as long as the LibGuide is unpublished. If it is published then it falls into the public/private zone and that requires extensive copyright permission. On the other hand if the LibGuide is “unpublished” yet shown inside of the institution in a class/classroom then that’s permissible educational use.
    After spending lots of time on developing LibGuides we want to make sure these resources are available to whosoever wants to read and use resource guides for educational or research purposes. The goal and plan was to publish the LibGuide and also send it out through Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
    Should we? We appreciate the open access, free, educational benefits. Yet what are the risks?
    When the creator of the digital image says “yes” and the database holder of the digital image says “no” then which prevails?

    Thanks for your response.

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