Permissions relating to copyright and "Fair Use" are changing. New media has brought with it changes, including the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) and the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act. This legislation helps address these changes by providing guidelines for copyright.

The best way to protect your rights (and the rights of others) is to arm yourself with information about copyright. This site is designed to provide the information you need to understand copyright and how it affects you, your classes, your work, Web sites and classroom resources.


The information contained in this site is for general guidance on matters of interest only. The application and impact of laws can vary widely based on the specific facts involved. Given the changing nature of copyright laws, rules and regulations, and the inherent hazards of electronic communication, there may be delays, omissions or inaccuracies in information contained in this site. Accordingly, the information on this site is provided with the understanding that the authors and the University are not herein engaged in rendering legal or other professional advice and services. As such, it should not be used as a substitute for consultation with professional legal advisers. Before making any decision or taking any action, you should consult a professional.

While we have made every attempt to ensure that the information contained in this site has been obtained from reliable sources, Washburn University is not responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the results obtained from the use of this information. All information in this site is provided "as is", with no guarantee of completeness, accuracy, timeliness or of the results obtained from the use of this information, and without warranty of any kind, express or implied. In no event will Washburn faculty or staff be liable to you or anyone else for any decision made or action taken in reliance on the information in this site or for any consequential, special or similar damages, even if advised of the possibility of such damages.

Certain links in this site connect to other Web sites maintained by third parties over whom Washburn University has no control. The University makes no representations as to the accuracy or any other aspect of information contained in other Web sites. Please report any dead links to the address below.

This Web site is the effort of the ad hoc copyright committee at Washburn University.

If you have any comments or suggestions for this site, please e-mail the Copyright Committee.

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