The question most scholars ask is whether they can use a copyrighted item in their work.
This section of this Copyright guide is designed to help you answer that question. Follow the flow chart to the right. For more information about each component, click on the down arrow next to the Can I Use It? tab above, or follow these links:
When you want to perform, display, or show a film, video, or TV program for teaching, training, or entertainment, you have to consider the rights of the those who own the copyright to the work you want to use.
These are called Public Performance Rights, and they apply to your use of recorded materials in the classroom, at screenings, film festivals, and other academic uses. For information on Public Performance Rights, visit our website on Showing Films, Videos, and TV Programs.
The University Library System (ULS) encourages the appropriate use of public domain materials and the fair use of copyrighted materials in our collections. To read more about the use of materials and properly citing them in teaching, research, publication, education, presentation, and other scholarly endeavors, visit our Copyright and Library Materials website.