Copyright and Fair Use


University Policies & Documents

**Note** Olivet Nazarene University adopted the Copyright Ownership Policy in May of 2012. The University continues to develop further elements of a comprehensive copyright policy, particularly dealing with copyright usage. In this digital age it is necessary to remind ourselves that even though a work may be freely accessible on the Internet and have no statement about copyright limitations, the U. S. Copyright Act nevertheless provides that such works are protected by copyright unless there are statements to the contrary. We must therefore seek permission from the copyright owner for all uses that are not allowed by fair use or other provisions of the U. S. Copyright Act. If you need assistance with identifying or locating the copyright owner of a work, please contact the library.

ONU Copyright Ownership Policy

Ownership Rights Transfer Agreement

Faculty Tools

Guide to Linking to Copyrighted Articles

Sample Copyright Permission Letter

External Resources



Can I Download and Share Music Files?
This video warns students about the risks associated with illegally downloading and sharing music files.

Copyright Clearance Center
Where you can get permission to reproduce copyrighted content such as articles and book chapters in your journals, photocopies, coursepacks, library reserves, Websites, email and more.

Copyright & Fair Use
Includes primary materials, current legislation, resources on the Internet, and overview of copyright law. Sponsored by Stanford University Libraries, FindLaw Internet Legal Resources, and the Council on Library Resources.

The Copyright Website
Best site on copyright law in the digital environment, including fair use, public domain, Internet issues, notable copyright infringements, and copyright in the news. Also includes an online copyright discussion area.

Is It Protected by Copyright?
Set the slider at the date of your copyrighted material and see whether you need to get permission to copy it.