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Copyright Practice: Overview

Western Libraries' recommendations for practices concerning copyright issues.

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US Copyright Law

Copyright in the News


Copyright Q & A

We strive to maintain an up-to-date list of relevant questions with answers but please keep in mind that many copyright questions require a nuanced response. With that in mind, don't hesitate to contact us with specific questions.

Use the search box below to find an answer or contact us directly.

Copyright Help at WWU

Western Libraries serves as the Copyright Office for Western Washington University. Our goal is to work with you in order to make appropriate resources available for your students.

We have put in place procedures to support instructors in using the Libraries’ extensive electronic and print collections to reduce costs for both their departments and students. When we do not have access to needed resources we can work with you to obtain access.

Copyright Issues for Higher Education: Four lectures

Kevin L. Smith, the Scholarly Communication Officer at Duke University, visited Western over the summer  of 2013 and gave several lectures.  With his permission they were recorded and are made available here.

Copyright Fundamentals for Higher Education: what it is, what you get, and what you can do with it.

Access, Publication and Rights.

Academic Uses of Music and Videos.

Reproduction and Distribution in Libraries.

Fair use

Copyright Librarian

Jenny Oleen

Haggard Hall 320H