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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.
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.
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, Rina Elster Pantalony, Director." 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 will resume on Tuesday September 8, 2015. If you have a specific issue that requires assistance that cannot wait, please call or email for an appointment outside Office Hours.
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.