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MSU Resources on Copyright

Course Materials Program

The Course Materials Program creates course packs and obtains the necessary permissions for using materials.

 The Library Office of Copyright provides information, guidance, and education about copyright law and compliance to the MSU community.  

Copyright Guide

Guide to copyright basics and how they apply to teaching, learning, and research.

Commonly Asked Questions About Copyright

Answers to the most commonly asked questions about copyright at MSU.

Additional Resources

US Copyright: The Very Abridged Version for Online Educators

This interactive learning module, available through the NYU School of Medicine's learning activity platform Compass, introduces key concepts in US copyright law and addresses some of the challenges associated with using copyrighted materials.  Designed for faculty and instructors in medical environments who create course materials, lecture slides, and presentations for use online.

Copyright on Campus

A short animated video created by the Copyright Clearance Center to explain copyright issues frequently faced at academic institutions.

Copyright Crash Course Online Tutorial

Developed by the University of Texas System, this online tutorial covers how ownership of copyrighted materials works, what is fair use, and when and how to get permission to use someone else's materials.

Digital Copyright Slider

By adjusting the arrows according to the date of publication, this tool can help determine if a work is protected by copyright or in the public domain.

Fair Use Evaluator

By answering a series of questions this tool can help determine if the use of material constitutes Fair Use.

Exceptions for Instructors in U.S. Copyright Law

A free online tool to help educators determine if their intended use of materials meets requirements for educational use without permission of the copyright holder.

Copyright Decision Chart

Flowchart developed by the University of Minnesota Libraries to quickly determine whether or not the use of material requires copyright permission to use.

Choosing a Creative Commons License

Allows authors to easily choose the appropriate Creative Commons license for their own material.

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