Using Copyrighted Works
Federal copyright laws protect all original works
of authorship fixed in a tangible medium. When using material that
has been written, recorded, or designed by someone else, it is important
to make sure that you are not violating copyright law by improperly
using someone else's intellectual property.
The University of California is committed to upholding
copyright law. For more information about electronic communications
policies, network management practices, and how the University educates
students about copyright, see "UC
Commitment to Copyright Law" from the department of Information
Resources & Communications.
To find out more about using copyrighted works,
explore the following subject areas:
Permissions - a step-by-step guide with strategies
for getting permission to use copyrighted works for educational
Domain - works that are not covered by copyright
Use - factors to help determine whether your use
qualifies as "fair use."
Sites - copyright law also applies to electronic
resources, including web sites.
TEACH Act - establishes new standards for copyright
and distance education