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The information shared on these pages are for informational purposes ONLY and should NOT be construed as legal advice. For legal advice, please contact SUU's General Council.

The Gerald R. Sherratt Library works to serve the learning community of Southern Utah University (SUU) by facilitating knowledge creation, curation, access, transmission, and innovation.

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As such, the Sherratt Library works to educate and promote lawful use and creation of copyrighted works. Copyright law (17 U.S.C. § 107 & 108) attempts to balance the competing interests of the scholarly and education community with commercial interests to assure responsible copyright behavior. It is critical that faculty, staff, students, and other members of the community are informed about their rights and responsibilities.

The affectionately deemed "Copyright Clause" is outlined in the U.S. Constitution under Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 and is intended to promote the "progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."

These exclusive "bundle of rights" include the rights to: make reproductions, prepare derivatives, distribute copies, perform, and display. These rights may be transferred in whole, licensed collectively, or individually. Copyright can only apply if the work is in a fixed format and displays creativity (i.e. facts, symbols, lists (like recipes), etc. are not copyrightable).

If you have questions about copyright and fair use, please contact our Scholarly Communications Librarian Rosie Liljenquist.

More copyright resources


Interlibrary Loan

Learn more about how the Sherratt Library can borrow materials from other libraries for you within copyright guidance.


Fair Use

Learn more about using and reproducing copyrighted materials in teaching and scholarship.


Reserves and Textbooks

Learn more about reproducing and placing copyrighted materials and textbooks on reserve at the Sherratt Library.

Frequently Asked Questions

It depends. Use the fair use checklist to assess whether your use of copyrighted materials would qualify. Do remember that not all educational uses are covered under the fair use exemption.

If you're interested in using copyrighted materials, learn more about fair use at SUU.Please email Scholarly Communications Librarian Rosie Liljenquist rosieliljenquist@suu.edu with questions.

Yes, librarians are research wizards and would be happy to help you find both copyrighted and openly licensed materials to use in your course. Visit our staff page to find your subject librarian!

As with all departments and colleges, the library operates within a strict budget and must balance the interests of many stakeholders. Each subject librarian has a books and materials budget for their liaison areas; visit our staff page to find your subject librarian to see about acquiring materials.

It depends. Videos can be used in courses under specific circumstances. Linking to out to videos is legal when using services like Kanopy and YouTube. For the use of dvds and other media in courses, please contact Rosie Liljenquist.

Anything that has been published in a fixed format is copyrighted, even if it doesn't have the symbol, including pictures. To find images for your course, use Creative Commons Search or to use Google Images select "Tools" then "Usage Rights" to see what is available for modification and reuse. In other instances, requesting permission may be required.

Remember that links are always legal. Link out to library supported materials or provide the necessary information for students to be able to find the article on their own.