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A Web Letter from the Office of the Provost - March 2022
Provost Jay Akridge

By Mary Jane Chew

New copyright resource for Purdue faculty, staff, and students

From research to journal articles to coursework to photos on a cell phone, everyone owns a copyright, whether they are aware of it or not. The University Copyright Office (UCO), a strategic partner of Libraries and School of Information Studies, aims to help the Purdue community understand and manage their copyrights, and to become smart users of others’ copyrighted materials. UCO just launched a new website to address these needs and make understanding copyright and the services UCO provides more accessible to campus. 

Featuring a new interactive section on fair use, real-world examples, and tips on copyright best practices, the new website is a one-stop shop for all things copyright at Purdue. It allows users to engage with copyright through the lens of both a copyright owner and a copyright user, including expanded sections on how to effectively navigate copyright in teaching and research, respectively. Instructors will find guidance on how to use copyrighted materials in both in-person and virtual classroom settings. Researchers can use the site’s comprehensive, step-by-step guide to navigating author rights in negotiations with publishers, and in the ongoing management of copyright related to their published works.

UCO knows that copyright is full of nuances and unique, case-by-case challenges that often require personal attention and expertise. Faculty, staff, and students with copyright questions can use the new site to request an in-person or virtual consultation with UCO’s director, Donna Ferullo. Ferullo is also available for workshops and guest lectures for courses, departments, and other campus groups on copyright basics.

Please contact copyright@purdue.edu for more information.