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Copyright Crash Course: Copyright 101

for Campbell University


The Copyright Crash Course (CCC) was originally created with faculty in mind, but can be used by anyone who is interested in understanding and managing their copyrights. You can either use the menu options on the left or click on one of the related subject guides below that are part of the Copyright Crash Course. 

As acknowledged elsewhere on this page, Georgia Harper authored the original Copyright Crash Course for the University of Texas System and its Austin campus.  Her original work has been modified here for adaptation by Campbell University.  Some of the resources and materials linked on this and following pages may still have references to the University of Texas at Austin or UT System, but we believe they are useful as general information and guidance resources for Campbell University as well. If you have questions or concerns about any of the material contained in the Copyright Crash Course, please contact Elizabeth Dobbins in the Campbell University Library or Office of the General Counsel. The content on this guide is maintained by the Office of the General Counsel; Campbell Librarians are happy to provide support to faculty members with questions. 

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The information presented on the Copyright Crash Course is intended only for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. 

Role of Copyright

The role of copyright in the flow of research is undergoing dramatic and exciting change. The options for scholarly communication have never been broader or more effective. You'll find discussion of copyright woven all through important aspects of research and teaching, such as:

  • the training of AI and use of AI output
  • the use of others' works in the classroom, in fieldwork, and the laboratory
  • building on the works of others to create new works
  • open source software development
  • use and reuse of datasets
  • Creative Commons licensing
  • open access to research results and its acceleration of the pace of scientific discovery
  • the digitization of books in the public domain and digital access to works still in print as well as orphan works
  • the resulting opportunities to discover knowledge that's been hard to access in the past