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COVID-19 and Distance Learning

Library copyright experts have been discussing the challenges faced by libraries and higher education institutions confronted by the COVID-19 outbreak. This Public Statement of Library Copyright Specialists: Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research offers an analysis of fair use in light of the current reality.

Understanding copyright and fair use is an important part of teaching, research and creative work. The following statements define responsibilities and provide copyright guidance:

Copyright clearance & Creative Commons

Other links to copyright and policy information for specific media

The laws surrounding copyright and intellectual property are complex and open to a variety of interpretations. These links are to general copyright information and to best practices that are relevant in an academic setting.


Compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act peer-to-peer file sharing requirements


For more information, contact Michael Spalti, 503-370-6356.

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Salem Oregon 97301