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Copyright & Fair Use: Overview

Guide to Copyright

Key Concepts

The links below provide guidance for understanding the basics of copyright and applying them to Duquesne's Copyright Policy. 

University Copyright Compliance Officer

If you have questions that are not answered by this Policy and Guide, please contact:

Dr. Alexandra Gregory
314 Administration Building

Duquesne University Copyright Policy


This policy seeks to ensure that Duquesne University administrators, faculty, librarians, employees, students, and others will follow appropriate procedures when making use of the intellectual and creative property of others in their own research or teaching. To that end, this policy issues guidance by providing information, guidelines, resources, and additional support for addressing issues related to copyright.

Duquesne University is committed to providing an environment that supports and encourages respect for the intellectual property developed by its scholars, students, and others, as well as requiring that our community also respect copyrighted works developed outside the University. In each instance, we strive both to abide by current U. S. and international laws and to uphold the University’s policy on Academic Integrity.

Unauthorized use and distribution of copyrighted works can deprive creators and publishers of a fair return on their work and inhibit the creation of new works. Respect for the intellectual and creative work and property of others has always been essential to the mission of colleges and universities. As members of the academic community, we value the free exchange of ideas. But just as the University does not tolerate plagiarism, it cannot condone the unauthorized use and distribution of intellectual and creative work. Such protected works may include, but are not limited to, written texts (whether in physical or electronic form), recorded music or audio files, musical scores, photographic images, and video images.

In addition to protecting the intellectual property rights of copyright holders, however, U. S. copyright law also recognizes the unique needs of educational institutions for the frequent and diverse use of copyrighted works through the concept of fair use.


Compliance with this policy requires that all University constituents will:

  1. Adhere to U.S. copyright law and fair use guidelines, as cited, and seek additional guidance through the University's Copyright Compliance Officer when necessary.
  2. Follow specific policies as developed by the University with regard to use of classroom materials, posting materials to course websites, compiling coursepacks, placing items on course reserve, etc., including all materials posted to Blackboard.
  3. Complete a "Fair Use Checklist" for the use of materials in teaching, research, or publication, and retain this for your records.



Related Policies

Please review the Policies and Procedures page of the Academic Affairs website or the links below for other University policies relevant to copyright.

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Sara Grozanick, Alyson Pope, Maureen Diana Sasso