Frequently Asked Questions About Copyright Issues

Fair Use: The "fair use" exception to copyright law allows non-owners of copyrighted work to copy and use another's work for educational, research or non-profit purposes in limited instances without the permission of the copyright owner.

Obtaining Copyright Permissions: Copyright owners have several exclusive rights, including the right to copy, distribute, perform or display their works or create derivatives of their works. If non-owners wish to use copyrighted works and the "fair use" and other exceptions to copyright law do not seem to apply, the non-owners must identify and contact the copyright owners for permission to use the work(s).

TEACH Act: The Technology, Educational and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act) passed in 2002, is a revision to the section of copyright law that deals with the performance and display of copyright protected works in distance education settings.

Other Copyright Resources: If you do not find the answers you are seeking, please contact one of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities' Intellectual Property Coordinators for further assistance.