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Copyright is the law of the United States that protects the works of authors, artists, composers, and other creators from being used without permission. Authors and other creators are granted a limited set of exclusive rights to copy, distribute, sell and perform their works. The law attempts to balance the private interests of copyright owners with the public interest and is intended, in the words of the Constitution:"...to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for a limited Time to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." (U.S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8)Many of the law’s provisions are limited in certain circumstances and the educational setting is one of the most complex. It is also subject to broad interpretation.SCNM Library adheres to the Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S. Code)WARNING CONCERNING COPYRIGHT RESTRICTIONS - Notice, this material is protected by Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.Code)The copright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law. Copyright and Use of Library ResourcesUse of library resources, including print or electronic books, journals, articles, multi-media and databases are regulated by US Copyright Law in accordance with the fair use provisions and vendor license agreements for personal educational or scholarly purposes. Users may print, copy or download reasonable portions of text for private study, scholarly activity, research or teaching. Commercial use, systematic or excessive printing, copying, downloading, distributing or retaining substantial portions of text is prohibited. Individuals are responsible for compliance with Copyright Law and SCNM Copyright Policy terms. For a larger discussion of Copyright law, please see here and belowColumbia University Copyright Advisory OfficeCopyright for the rest of us: a guide for people who aren't lawyersFair Use Evaluator
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Publisher Copyright Policies - Information on different publishers' copyright policies, including pre-print and post-print posting policies. Instructions to Authors - This site has instructions to authors for many health-related journalsIf you have a question about the use of a specific item, please contact Sally Harvey at 480-222-9245 or email@example.com.