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We create guides to help you navigate copyright in your research, teaching, and scholarship.

Learn the basics

  1. Copyright Basics

    Information about U.S. copyright law, including rights of users, permission, and the public domain.

  2. Illustrates the "substantial similarity" doctrine from U.S. copyright law, using a set of case summaries.

Find usable content

  1. Resource for faculty, staff, and students to learn where to find content they can easily use, remix, and share without worrying about copyright restrictions.

  2. Information about Creative Commons licenses, which allow you to share, reuse, and remix images, video, music, and other content.

Use content responsibly

  1. Explains how to find copyright holders and get permission to use different copyrighted works.

  2. Answers to common questions about copyright and course websites, including when and how materials can be posted on Canvas.

  3. When and how copyright affects use of videos in classrooms.

  4. Answers to common copyright questions that come up when working on a dissertation, including using others' content and publishing.

Publish your work

  1. Information about journals, books, and open access for authors looking to publish scholarly works.

Questions? Contact the Library Copyright Office at copyright@umich.edu.

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