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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.
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.
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
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.
Copyright Advisory Services Events
Copyright Advisory Services For Faculty and Students
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.
Office Hours on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 are cancelled.
Copyright Advisory Services News
Phase II Research on Copyright Education Released!
Columbia University Library's Copyright Advisory Services together with partners Ithaka S+R and LYRASIS just released their Issues Brief on the viability of a virtual copyright education center for professionals working in libraries, archives and museums.
The Issues Brief, entitled Copyright Education in Libraries, Archives and Museums: A 21st Century Approach summarizes collaborative discussions held during a roundtable meeting at Columbia University Libraries in July 2019.
The roundtable and the preparation and publication of the Issues Brief was generously supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Phase I Copyright Education Study 2018
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...
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...