Copyright@Case

Case Copyright Compliance Policy

Case Western Reserve University promotes discovery and communication of information that transforms knowledge. The creation and use of copyrighted materials are an important part of the research mission, and respect for others' work is part of the academic ethic.

University policies regarding authorship, use of networked resources, and respect for federal copyright law complement each other. The Case Intellectual Property Policy , Acceptable Use of Computing and Information Technology Resources Policy, and the Copyright Compliance Policy inform the Case community, diminish liability both for the individual and the institution, and help individuals take full advantage of appropriate legal exemptions in order to support their research and teaching responsibilities.

Each member of the University community is accountable for copyright compliance. The Copyright @Case site offers information about using copyrighted materials, various checklists and charts for informed decisions, legislative news and changes, and support through University contacts.

  • Copyright Compliance Policy - overview of the Policy structure for basics, foundations, and concepts of the copyright balance and how it facilitates your research activities...
  • Exclusive Rights of Copyright Holders - what your rights might be, or what you are engaging in that is a copyright holder's exclusive right...
  • Fair Use Doctrine - what it is, how to apply the four-factor test and use it, and more...
  • Public Domain Charts  - use these date charts to determine when a work is still protected, or not, with the Case Policy's Public Domain Chart (revisions with permission for Appendix E (Laura Gasaway, UNC-CH).  For additional information on international & unpublished works, plus extensive, helpful footnotes, use the Expanded Public Domain Chart (Peter Hirtle, Cornell).  U.S. books 1923-1963 that might not have been renewed will be in the public domain and thus available for you to use via information on the  the Stanford Renewal Database
  • Permissions - tips on how and where to begin, when you need to seek permissions...
  • Copyright Myths - common myths to avoid, using copyrighted works to your advantage...
  • Important changes in federal law - why and how recent changes affect you...
  • Web resources - helpful for copyright basics, permissions, legislation, and more...

Scholarly Communications, Author's Rights & Digital Publications

Learn more about how to retain your copyrights when you publish, and the new models of publishing in Scholarly Communications and  Author's Rights, and Digital Publishing.

Whether you are new to publishing, or are a student who needs to publish articles but protect your thesis or dissertation publication value, the Scholarly Communication Lecture Series site has information and helpful contacts for you. You'll find lists of publisher policies, information about NIH publication and copyrights, addenda forms to use in your publisher contract discussions, and more about working with publishers to advance knowledge while protecting more of your intellectual property rights.

We look forward to talking with you, or bringing a session to your department or group about new models of authors' rights that protect both you and your publisher's interests.

The content presented on this site is informational and is not to be construed as legal advice. Counsel is always the final, appropriate source for legal advice.

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