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This guide explains laws and issues surrounding copyright.

Learn more about Copyright

For further information on copyright and fair use, we recommend the U.S. Copyright Office website.  The website explains copyright and provides information on recording material and searching copyright records.  It also provides the law and supporting regulations as well as various publications.

Another fine source is the Copyright Crash Course developed by Georgia K. Harper at the University of Texas Libraries and made availale through the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License.

Copyright & Fair Use

The Constitution of the United States provides copyright protection so that creators of original intellectual work in any medium can protect their work and receive adequate compensation for their effort.  The author's rights begin from the moment of creation and the work does not have to be registered with the US Copyright Office or have a copyright notice to be protected.

Fair use is the copying of some portion of a copyrighted work for limited and transformative purposes.  Fair use is essential for education, research, and scholarship. 

MidAmerica Nazerene University is committed to respecting the ownership of all intellectual property governed copyright laws and to promoting the responsible fair use of the intellectual property of others.   As a Christian University dedicated to developing and inspiring servant leaders, MidAmerica Nazarene University is committed to providing guidance to faculty, students and staff who wish it use copyrighted material in education and research.

MNU's copyright policy is located at this address:



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