Copyright and Fair Use

MSMC Guidelines for Fair Use and Copyright Compliance

"Whenever a copyright law is to be made or altered, then the idiots assemble."
- Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903

"Only one thing is impossible for God: to find any sense in any copyright law on the planet."
- Mark Twain's Notebook, 1902-1903

As noted by Kenneth D. Crews, Director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University, "The relationship between Copyright law and the pursuit of innovative education, librarianship and scholarship has become more important and more complex in recent years" (vii). Indeed, as more copyrighted information becomes digitized and readily available, and as more faculty rely upon electronic materials for their teaching and scholarship, it is important that they be familiar with copyright law and what constitutes the "fair use" of copyrighted materials. To that end, Mount Saint Mary College has provided these guidelines to assist faculty in using copyrighted materials responsibly.

This site was developed by the 2010-11 Faculty Library Committee. It is maintained by the Library faculty and periodically reviewed by the Committee. This website is intended to provide guidelines for understanding and applying fair use. Please contact the MSMC Vice President for Finance and Administration for specific questions regarding copyright compliance.