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Blog: Scholarly Communications @ Duke

This blog by Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University, provides insightful overviews of copyright and scholarly communications issues.

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Upcoming copyright workshops

This semester we are offering two different workshops that explore copyright issues faced by faculty, students, and staff on campus.

Click here to register.

Fair Use & Copyright on Campus

If you use articles, books, films, music, or images when you teach, you will encounter copyright issues, since much of the intellectual material we use in education is protected by copyright. This workshop provides basic information on copyright and educational exemptions that can help you navigate these issues as you encounter them in your work. While focused on instruction, this workshop is useful for all university staff who may be faced with copyrighted material in the course of their daily work.  

Date    Time     Location

Thursday, Feb. 19

12 - 1 pm Classroom #1

Thursday, March 5

12 - 1 pm Classroom #1

Can I UseThat?  (Encountering Licenses and Copyright Online)

Attend this workshop to learn how to avoid copyright and licensing pitfalls that we all encounter when using content found online for professional, scholarly, and personal purposes. This includes an introduction to Creative Commons (CC) licenses, as well as tips on searching for CC licensed material in standard Internet search engines.  

Date    Time  Location
Thursday, Feb. 5 10 - 11 am Classroom #1
Tuesday, April 7 12 - 1 pm Classroom #1


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Welcome to the Copyright Advisory Center


The Copyright Advisory Center is available to provide assistance to faculty, students, and staff with any questions related to copyright and use of copyrighted material.

Copyright presents a complex landscape which can sometimes be confusing to navigate. Since much of the material we encounter on a day-to-day basis is likely to be protected, it is important to have a basic understanding of copyright when using the works of others on the job, in the classroom, or for personal purposes.

This guide provides a brief overview of key copyright concepts along with links to a number of informative resources which can help familiarize you with the subject. The following list provides a sampling of the information available on this website:

General Information:

  • Copyright, a basic introduction

  • Fair Use, an exception to the rule

  • Public Domain, free to use

  • University policies, for faculty, staff, and students


Resources for Faculty:

  • Linking library resources in Blackboard

  • Obtaining permissions

  • Tips for using material for online instruction


Resources for Students:


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