Copyright Law and Definition
Section 106 of the copyright law lists the exclusive rights of copyright owners. The remaining sections of Chapter 1 describe a number of exceptions and limitations on those rights. Exceptions most common in educational settings are Section 107: Fair Use; Section 108: Reproduction by Libraries and Archives; Section 109: Transfer (Right of First Sale).
As responsibility for copyright compliance rests with the user, these guidelines provide information and educational tools to assist you in making informed decisions regarding appropriate use of copyrighted materials. The Associate Dean of Library is the copyright officer for Rasmussen College and is available via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) should you have questions regarding copyright compliance. Copyright assistance is also available from programmatic Librarians.
For additional information about copyright, view the information and resources provided on the Copyright Clearing House website (click on the Learn tab).
To view the Federal Statutes relating to Copyright as well as copyright cases, consult Title 17 of the U.S. Code in Fastcase.
Rasmussen College Policy Statement on Copying Copyright Protected Materials
What is protected by Copyright?
The following are NOT protected by current copyright law:
Resources in the public domain -- which may include many government resources -- are not copyright protected. See the Copyright Protection and Public Domain tab on this page for more information.
Copyright Protection and Public Domain
Copyright protection currently lasts for the life of the author plus 70 years. If there is more than one author copyright protection lasts for the life of the last author's death plus 70 years. Copyright protection for materials created by a business may last for 95 years from publication.
The concept of Public Domain is a provision that facilitates use without permission in certain circumstances. In short, public domain means intellectual property rights do not apply, have expired, or were forfeited.
Click on the Digital Slider to determine if copyrighted materials are now in public domain.