Current technology offers many opportunities to create, distribute and control copyright protected works. Taking advantage of these opportunities sometimes places the scholarly and education community at odds with commercial interests. Copyright law attempts to balance these competing interests and to assure responsible copyright behavior. It is critical that all members of the Gettysburg College community stay informed about their rights and responsibilities.

When considering the reproduction of any original work, determine whether

1) the work is protected by copyright,
2) the intended use qualifies as a fair use or an exception, OR
3) the work is available under a license agreement.

If the work is protected and the intended use is not a fair use or legal exception, then seek permission from the copyright owner. If permission is denied, seek alternative works.

Contact the copyright committee

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