Know Your Copyright from Wrong?

By , February 26, 2013 8:16 am

Regardless of your major, copyright issues can be complicated and unfamiliar. UMKC Libraries has a Copyright LibGuide that can help. Finding and reading books, articles, and resources is only a part of the academic puzzle.

Beyond properly citing work, you need answers to questions like these:

  • How do I use resources in my papers without plagiarizing?
  • Do I need to get permissions to be able to include video or background music in my class presentations?
  • What conditions allow me to claim “Fair Use” of materials?
  • Can I claim “Fair Use” for materials I (or the university) have purchased under a license?

UMKC Libraries Copyright LibGuide helps answer these questions and more.

Still confused? Your subject specialist librarian is happy to help you sort things out and learn how to use materials legally. Visit the library’s Who’s My Librarian? page to find and which librarian specializes in your area.

Additionally, the following link provides information about UMKC policies and sanctions related to copyright infringement and unauthorized peer-to-peer file sharing, including disciplinary action taken against students who engage in illegal downloading or unauthorized distribution of copyrighted materials using UMKC information technology systems.  The information also includes a notice that informs students that unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may subject the students to civil and criminal liabilities.  A summary of the penalties for violation of federal copyright laws is also provided.

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