Copyright Information

The majority of the use of copyrighted material that takes place at the BGC falls within the category of fair use—meaning that it requires neither permission from nor payment to the rights holder—because it is functioning in a closed, strictly educational, non-commercial forum. This is true of papers, unpublished theses, and presentations in classrooms. Any individuals interested in scholarly activities that extend beyond these confines and requiring the inclusion of potentially copyrighted material (i.e. images) should familiarize themselves with the complexities of United States Copyright Law. The VMR has assembled the following list of external resources to aid members of the BGC community in educating themselves on the subject.

General Copyright Resources:

the U.S. Copyright Office's definition of "fair use"

a comprehensive (and excellent) site about copyright and fair use
made available by Stanford

another comprehensive (and excellent) site about copyright and fair use
made available by Columbia

an inelegant but informational copyright tutorial
made available by UT Austin

an extremely thorough table useful for determining whether a work is under copyright or in the public domain
made available by Cornell

a checklist for evauluating whether or not your use is "fair"
made available by Cornell

A Graduate Student's Guide to Copyright (highly recommended)
made available by the University of Michigan

Image Copyright Resources:

a variety of resources, including guidelines, essays, news articles and more, relating to image copyright
made available by the Visual Resources Association

the Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC)
also made available by the Visual Resources Association

a number of links to sites about image and art copyright
made available by Columbia

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"Printing Shop," from Alexander Anderson Scrapbooks, vol. 1; 19th century; 33.7 x 27.9 cm; Alexander Anderson (American, 1775-1870); wood engraving; New York Public Library, T000128.


This image, and 20,000 others, are available to students, faculty, and staff of the BGC through ARTstor’s Shared Shelf.