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Copyright Services Pilot

New one-year pilot program:  Beginning September 1, 2016, the Ohio State University Libraries and the Health Sciences Library will consolidate copyright services. Health sciences faculty, staff, and students may now direct all copyright questions and requests to the Copyright Resources Center (libcopyright@osu.edu).


Copyright services include the following:

  • Workshops
  • Customized Presentations
  • Consultations
  • Copyright Permission Requests
  • Referral to Resources


Copyright Policies

Each individual in the Ohio State University community is responsible for understanding and complying with the copyright laws of the United States, Title 17, U.S. Code, and when applicable, of foreign countries.

Workshops & Presentations

Librarians from the University Libraries' Copyright Resources Center and The Health Sciences Library can do workshops and presentations for large or small groups at the Health Sciences Library or in your department or workplace. The examples and emphasis can be customized for specific disciplines and types of work. Examples include: how to use images on websites, copyright issues with video projects, and copyright issues when preparing scholarly papers and conference presentations.


Staff in the Copyright Resources Center provide consultations for individual issues and complex special projects.  


What is Fair Use?

As defined in Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act, fair use is a defense against charges of copyright infringement determined through the analysis and application of the four fair use factors:

  • the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;
  • the nature of the copyrighted work;
  • the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole
  • the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work

Fair use frequently function as an exemption to the copyright law for educational and socially important purposes such as teaching, research, criticism, commentary, parody, and news reporting.

When Does Fair Use Apply?

Using a copyrighted work for non-profit educational purposes is not automatically fair use; it is only one of the factors to consider in making a finding of fair use. Anytime that you wish to use copyrighted material without permission you should consider the four fair use factors.  

It can be difficult to determine if your intended use fits within the limitations of the fair use statute.  Fortunately we have developed a Fair Use Checklist that you may use to help make this determination. The Fair Use Checklist can be used to document your decisions regarding use of the material.


The information on these web pages and any copyright recommendations provided by the library is not legal advice.