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Copyright - Quick and Easy: About Copyright

This libguide will provide quick answers to the how-tos of understanding copyright. This guide includes forms, contact information and necessary tools for understanding basic copyright.


This Library Guide provides quick and easy access to all the documents, forms and contact information you may need to assist you in course planning.

The information provided here should help you make confident decisions about the proper use of materials you may be interested in using.

Please do not hesitate to to ask questions and comment on the material presented. (See contact info to the right)

*** Please note - this guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.

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Basic Information About Copyright

Have a question about use of copyrighted material in your teaching activitie?

Want to know what you can and cannot do in your classes even though you suspect it's mostly "can't?

Click here to open this very useful brochure "Know Your Copy Rights - What You CAN do" 


The purpose of copyright law is to give protection, for a limited time, to authors of original works. Copyright law is also designed to promote science and the arts by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge.  It is a complex area and defies easy explanation.

The sites listed below contain background information and detailed overviews of copyright law. You will learn a lot about copyright by spending some time at any of these excellent sites:  


This LibGuide is still under development so check back often because more information will be added at a later date. If you have a suggestion for a good internet copyright resource please email me. If you need clarification, want more information, or would like to make an appointment with me please contact me via the information in my profile box.

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Joy Dlugosz
Librarian for Public Service, Administration & Research

Warner Memorial Library
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St. Davids, PA 19087

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