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Copyright at Columbia

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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

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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

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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 permissions 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

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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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Upcoming Events

Copyright and Dissertations Workshop

The GSAS Writing Studio and Copyright Advisory Services will be hosting an online copyright workshop for GSAS doctoral candidates on April 6, 2022 from 1:00pm-2:30pm.  

Rina Elster Pantalony, Director of Copyright Advisory Services at Columbia University Libraries, will lead this 90-minute workshop on how to avoid potential last-minute, dissertation-related copyright issues. She will recommend resources and answer questions from students.

This workshop is open to PhD candidates in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences only.  Stay tuned for more information about how to register for the workshop.

Past Events

For a complete listing of past events held or hosted by Columbia University's Copyright Advisory Services SEE MORE...

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COPYRIGHT AND SMALL CLAIMS

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT NEW SMALL CLAIMS SYSTEM FOR COPYRIGHT

 In 2020, Congress passed a law called the “Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2020,” known as the “CASE Act.” The CASE Act mandated the formation of the Copyright Claims Board (“CCB”), a tribunal operating through the U.S. Copyright Office instead of the federal judicial branch, for the purpose of deciding “small claims” copyright infringement actions via a quicker, less expensive process—that is, without all of the procedural requirements of a normal federal court case. Damages are capped at $30,000 for CCB cases. 

If You Are Columbia University Library Staff Click Here for More Information

If You Are Columbia University Non-Library Staff, Faculty or a Student, Click Here for More Information


Office Hours

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Office Hours for the Columbia Community will continue virtually on Tuesdays from 10am to noon. 

CLICK HERE to make an appointment

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Copyright Discussion Series

OCEAN: The Open Copyright Education Advisory Network

After completing a very succesful pilot program, Columbia University Libraries' Copyright Advisory Services, in conjunction with counterparts across the country, have launched OCEAN, an initiative in copyright education specifically targeted towards libraries, archives, museums and other cultural heritage organizations.

OCEAN is launching a copyright discussion series for the spring that is live, interactive and free.  See OCEAN for more information and to register for these learning opportunities!


Copyright Information for Faculty

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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!

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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

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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

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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!

MOOC Production

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...

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...