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Copyright at Columbia


The Copyright Advisory Office supports Columbia faculty and students in understanding copyright and how it relates to their work, course materials, and scholarly communications. Copyright, Fair Use, and Licensing are some of the areas that intersect with the daily functioning of academic research institutions. They are outlined in the the Copyright Basics tab of this site.

For Faculty


University faculty faces multiple copyright related issues when engaging in academic work.  Whether carrying out research, publishing academic work or seeking to share scholarly work with other colleagues or with the public, copyright, particularly, in in this digital era, has become increasingly complex.  The Faculty tab of this site addresses three areas of activity: Protecting Scholarly Legacy, Sharing Scholarly Work and Enabling and Developing Teaching Tools.

For Students


As a student, whether graduate or undergraduate, 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 and re-use materials in preparation of your scholarly work undertaken to complete your course of study while you are a student at the University.  Under the Student tab, you will find information about managing existing copyright protected materials during the course of your research and study and how to manage your own rights as you begin publishing your work.

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 the Copyright Advisory Office 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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Office Hours

For the month of October, Office Hours will be held every Tuesday from 10am to noon.  If you have a specific issue that requires assistance that cannot wait, please call or email for an appointment outside Office Hours.

The Science and Engineering Library in conjunction with the Copyright Advisory Office is hosting a workshop on copyright, open access and publishing on October 27, 2015 from 2pm to 3pm in the Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Hall. 

If you're interested in finding out more about critical copyright issues affecting the ownership and distribution of your scholarship, then you should attend.  The workshop is open to Columbia faculty, students and staff.  Registration is required.

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...

Requests for Permission

The Copyright Advisory Office does not field individual requests for permission or reproductions of materials. Please reference Columbia University Libraries Digitization and Copying Services for further information and to send your request.