Copyright & IP

Copyright is a legal form of protection "for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression.Copyright covers both published and unpublished works" (U.S. Copyright Office 2013). Copyright applies to more than just the printed word--it can cover webpages, photographs, movies, music, art, video games.

Why is copyright important to you? Everyone in the Mines community makes use of works authored by others and/or is an author themselves. For the author, copyright defines your control over how others use your work. For the user, copyright offers both protection of your rights and restrictions on use.

Use of Digital Materials and Rights Management Statement -- Arthur Lakes Library Digital Collections 

On Copyright

Can I Use Others' Works? On fair use and best practices:

Open Access (OA)

  • Creative Commons--A non-profit organization that supports authors and encourages collaboration.
  • PLoS (Public Library of Science)
  • SHERPA--Includes copyright policies for publishers, digital archives, funding agencies, etc.

Use of Digital Materials and Rights Management Statement
Arthur Lakes Library, 2015

Digital items copyrighted. All rights reserved.

We encourage use of materials from our digital collections under the fair use provisions of copyright law, US Code Title 17. These items may be used for personal, scholarly or educational purposes, provided that you include a copyright/attribution statement and a credit line with each item.

Example: Photographer, L. E. Leroy. Courtesy of the Russell L. and Lyn Wood Mining History Archive, Arthur Lakes Library, Colorado School of Mines.

Known information about the item is provided in the item's record as an aid in determining the appropriate use of the item, but that determination ultimately rests wtih the user. If you wish to publish or reproduce material in any form that exceeds fair use provisions or use the materials for any commercial purpose, including display or web page use, you must obtain prior written permission from the copyright holder.

Questions or comments? Please contact the Arthur Lakes Library Info Desk, 303-273-3694.


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