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Do you want to share information but are unclear about copyright restrictions? Students, educators, writers and researchers need practical guidelines in order to make informed choices that balance our educational fair use rights with legal copyright protection for authors and publishers. The following resources have been chosen to help you make decisions that encourage both information creation and information sharing.

Faculty and Staff



Content Creators

Copyright Basics

Tutorials, Tools, & FAQs



(C)OPYRIGHT@CUNY is a user-friendly web resource designed to support the CUNY community in making independent, informed decisions about copyright compliance and educational fair use.  Organized by library faculty in consultation with CUNY's Office of General Counsel, it is intended to update the previous 2003 Copyright Guidelines for CUNY Libraries to respond to more recent developments in course management software, e-reserves and social networking tools.

Divided into three sections to address our major constituencies - LIBRARIANS, FACULTY and STAFF, and STUDENTS - the site consists of scenarios of specific intellectual property challenges frequently brought to librarians' attention.  Brief responses are provided with links to related copyright concepts and legislation for additional information.

The site is further enhanced by links to recommended FAQs, free tutorials and other online tools.


Send questions or comments to the Copyright Committee at .