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iCopyright provides helpful guidelines to understand what actions exceed the scope of “fair use.”

Helpful Guidelines:

Piracy hurts creators, devalues their works, and puts you and your employer at risk. Cutting and pasting copyrighted content and then posting it on the web or distributing it to others in any form, except for certain “fair uses,” requires permission from the publisher.

Copyright Do’s

Copyright Don’ts

  • Don’t use your browser to copy and paste copyrighted content for commercial purposes. In most cases it is illegal.
  • Don’t accept files and documents of copyrighted content from others who have not obtained permission to send you the content.
  • Don’t believe that using copyrighted content without permission does not hurt the livelihoods of the people who create content. Piracy costs creators and their publishers billions of dollars each year.
  • Don’t buy the “I am using it for the public good” argument. That is a weak justification for infringement and sends the wrong message to students and employees.
  • Don’t infringe copyrighted content. Getting caught is expensive and embarrassing. and embarrassing.
  • Don’t think copyright is capricious and unenforceable. The laws and principles are clear and they exist to protect content consumers as well as creators.

The more you know about copyright, the more you realize it is the foundation upon which most content is created. Copyrighted content employs us, enlightens us, and entertains us. Without copyright and the benefits it affords content creators, we would be unemployed, uneducated, and bored silly.”

— Michael O’Donnell, Founder & Director, iCopyright