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Faculty and Copyright

"The primary objective of copyright is not to reward the labor of authors, but 'to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts.' To this end, copyright assures authors the right to their original expression, but encourages others to build freely upon the ideas and information conveyed by a work. This result is neither unfair nor unfortunate. It is the means by which copyright advances the progress of science and art."

Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Feist Publications, Inc. v. Rural Telephone Service Co., 499 U.S. 340, 349 (1991). The full opinion is availabe online at http://www.law.cornell.edu/copyright/cases/499_US_340.htm. The quote above is found on paragraph [19] of this document.

I. Key Concepts Regarding Copyright

II. Practical Guidelines for faculty: Fair Use of Copyrighted Works

I. Summary and Conclusion


III. Copyright Law

Because of the problems resulting from the vagueness and the ambiguity of the Copyright Law, the interpretation of the details are left to the courts. Therefore teachers and educational institutions need to keep current with the recent interpretations of the law as provided by the courts.


III. Violation of Copyright

IV. Web Resources on Copyright


The information provided in this document is no more than a personal understanding of the application of the copyright law to the academic environment and is not an official document issued by Pacific Union College.

Last updated 2007