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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 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.

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Copyright Advisory Services Events

Fair Use Week Great Cookie Giveaway


Come learn about fair use and get some sweet treats! Come to the lobby of the Butler Library on Thursday, February 27, 2020 from 11:30am to 1pm.  Grab some treats, a Fair Use Week button and other Copyright Advisory Services giveaways and ask us copyright questions!

Copyright and Dissertations Workshop

The GSAS Writing Studio will be hosting the second of two copyright workshops on February 28, 2020 from 1:00pm-2:30pm in the GSAS Writing Studio Seminar Room, 321 Lehman Library.

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.  For more information and to register for the February 28, 2020 workshop, CLICK HERE

Past Events

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

Copyright Advisory Services For Faculty and Students

Office Hours


Office Hours for the Columbia Community will continue virtually on Tuesdays from 10am to noon.  If you have a specific issue that requires assistance please email for an appointment.  Appointments will be held by phone or by Zoom.   

Office Hours on Tuesday September 1 and 8, 2020 are cancelled. Please Email for an appointment.

Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research

On March 13th, Library Copyright Specialists issued a Public Statement about fair use and emergency remote teaching and research. The statement has now been endorsed broadly by educators and scholars throughout the United States.

Copyright Advisory Services News

New Copyright Education Initiative Launched with LYRASIS for Libraries, Archives & Museums

In response, in part to the demands of COVID-19, Columbia's Copyright Advisory Services and LYRASIS have joined forces to create a pilot program of 5 copyright education courses for professionals working in libraries, archives and museums.

Detailed business planning is also underway to determine the business and service models necessary to launch a virtual copyright education center.

Courses are in now in production and will be available in early 2021 for Columbia affiliates and on the LYRASIS Learning platform.  Business planning will be completed by June 2021.

For more detailed information see the joint Press Release.

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.

Catalyst fund image

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!

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...