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Copyright at Columbia


Copyright Advisory Services supports Columbia faculty and students in understanding copyright and how it relates to their work, course materials, and scholarly communications.  See Copyright Basics for a primer.

For Faculty


University faculty face multiple copyright related issues when engaging in academic work.  Whether carrying out research, publishing academic work or seeking to share scholarly work with, students, other colleagues or with the public, copyright, particularly, in in this digital era, has become increasingly complex.  See Faculty for more information.

For Students


As a student, your university program may have provided you with some guidance on the reproduction and distribution of existing materials. Copyright law plays a big part in how you can use, distribute and re-use materials your scholarly work.  See Students for more information.

Requests for Permission

Copyright Advisory Services does not field individual requests for permission or reproductions of Columbia University Libraries materials.

Please reference Columbia University Libraries Digitization and Copying Services for further information and to send your request.  

Permission to use the content on this site


Except where stated otherwise, the content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial 4.0 License.When making use of the content on these pages under the terms of the CC license, please include this form of attribution: "Used under a CC BY/NC license from Copyright Advisory Services of Columbia University."  If your needs are outside the scope of this license, please consider fair use or ask us for permission.

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Copyright Advisory Services Events

Office Hours


Office Hours are held on Tuesdays from 10am to noon.   If you have a specific issue that requires assistance that cannot wait for Office Hours, please call or send an email for an appointment.  

Current Events

Cory Doctorow to Speak at Columbia University Libraries

The Book History Colloquium Series of Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library, in conjunction with the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and Heyman Center are hosting a talk by journalist and science fiction writer Cory Doctorow on September 26, 2018 from 6pm-8:30pm at the Butler Library

Doctorow will discuss "Huxleyed into the Full Orwell: How Digital Copyright Abuse has Abetted a Culture of Mass Surveillance and Social Control"

To attend, it is free, but you must register.  SEE MORE

Past Events

Navigating the Research Enterprise: Focus on Publishing

Columbia postdoctoral and graduate students, do not miss this program! Find out how to build your academic brand in the onine environment. 

April 10, 2018 from 2pm to 6pm in the Davis Auditorium

Join Columbia University's Office of Executive Vice President for Research, Columbia University's Copyright Advisory Services and Columbia University Libraries for a half day discussion on copyright issues related to scholarly communication and research, the use of social media in research, and publishing research output.   

You must register to attend this program.

For more information about this and past Copyright Advisory Services events, click here.

Fair Use Week Lecture 2018


Copyright Advisory Services held its annual Fair Use Lecture during Fair Use Week.  Our guest speaker was Professor Tom Lipinski, Dean of Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.  Click here for more information about his talk concerning the opportununities and challenges in applying fair use extraterritorially to share copyright protected materials for the purposes of scholarly communications.

ADR for Art and Cultural Heritage Disputes

Columbia's Copyright Advisory Services, the World Intellectual Property Organization's Arbitration and Mediation Center and Queen Mary University London's School of International Arbitration collaborated to create a day long symposium at Columbia University, exmamining the feasibility and scope of alternative dispute resolution for art, cultural property and other cultural heritage disputes, including disputes concerning intellectual property and licensing.

For a list of speakers and curriculum,

Copyright Advisory Services News

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Copyright Advisory Services is excited to announce the release of a feasibility study on the creation of a virtual education center about copyright.

The study, funded by a LYRASIS Catalyst Grant, examines the potential and requirements for the development of a virtual education space about copyright for librarians, archivists and museum professionals.  To access a copy of the study Read More...

Fair Use Week Quiz Winner!


Fair Use Week Quiz Contest Winner!

Richard Im, a student at Columbia University, is our 2018 Fair Use Week Quiz winner! 

Richard has won an iPad for having answered our fair use quiz questions correctly and having been chosen from our pool of participants who did so.  Congratulations Richard!

Copyright Information for Faculty


New materials about scholarly publishing, fair use of images in publications, open access requirements for scholarly publications and permissions for third party materials have been add to the Faculty Tab with updated headings and materials.

Fair Use and Art Images - New Guidelines!


The Association of Art Museum Directors has posted new fair use guidelines for the use of images of in-copyright artworks online.  This latest version is dated October 11, 2017 and replaces previous versions already posted.  See Guidelines For the Use of Copyrighted Materials and Works of Art by Art Museums

Building Your Reading List


Faculty, are you preparing course reading lists for the spring semester? 

See Columbia University's Copyright Advisory Services Guidelines about using electronic resources to build your reading lists.

For ease of reference,  Columbia University's CourseWorks homepage now also includes similar copyright information for faculty and teaching assistants.

Copyright and Dissertations


Do you have copyright questions about your dissertation? 

Copyright Basics can answer some of the fundamental questions such as whether you should register your copyright.  The For Students tab includes materials addressing copyright issues that may arise in the course of writing your dissertation.

If you need in person help with your copyright questions, come to Office Hours or email Copyright Advisory Services for an appointment!

Columbia University's Office of the General Counsel, and Copyright Advisory Services have developed faculty guidelines that address copyright issues relating to MOOC production.  Read More...

DMCA Rule-Making and Exceptions

The Library of Congress has issued final rules pursuant to its rule making authorities under section 1201 of the DMCA.  They include new exceptions that allow for the reverse engineering of technical locks to access audio-visual materials in prescribed circumstances that include the development of educational materials and the production of massive open online courses (MOOCs).  Read More...

Copyright Policy Initiatives

Columbia University Libraries submits Response to the Notice Of Inquiry issued by the U.S. Copyright Office on Visual Works.  Read More...