The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Copyright Services

The University Libraries provide a number of educational services relating to copyright.  These include workshops, special events, informational materials, and consultations.  The Libraries also host a monthly "Copyright Reading Group"; please contact [Member id=25] if you're interested in joining us.  Our educational services cover all copyright-related topics, although topics of particular and frequent interest are fair use, public domain content, and copyright issues in particular fields.  Becuase copyright is so closely related to open access and scholarly communication topics, we also routinely cover author/publisher agreements and open licensing (like Creative Commons).  We provide regular office hours for drop-in discussions about copyright issues, as well as appointments.

The Libraries also provide copyright-related rights clearances and fair use assessments as needed to make materials available for classroom use through Digital Reserves.  The Libraries do not provide rights clearances for faculty/UMass author publications.  However, we can meet with you to help you assess whether work might be in the public domain, or whether your uses might be fair use. 

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