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Copyright Information for Students and Faculty


The complexity of technology and how society chooses to address the newer, faster and more convenient ways of using and sharing information, along with the misconceptions of using copyrighted materials in teaching and learning make it challenging to understand the application of copyright principles. Georgia K. Harper in the University of Texas Copyright Crash Course says, “Copyright enables us and it throws stumbling blocks in our paths. If you take the time to learn a little bit about it, you can exploit its benefits and avoid its pitfalls.”

To assist with copyright issues, BYU-Idaho provides an Intellectual Property Rights Specialist to inform and educate the university community about the application of copyright principles and offer help and guidance to the faculty and students in resolving copyright questions. This website is intended to provide information about campus policy as well as provide resources that hopefully will reduce your doubts, fear and indecision in using copyrighted materials in the pursuit and delivery of education.

We encourage you to review and utilize these resources to develop informed practices in the application of copyright principles. This guide is not intended to serve as legal advice or a substitute for legal counsel.

Copyright Information

The U.S. Constitution provides the foundation upon which copyright law is based. Copyright owners have the exclusive right to reproduce, distribute, modify, display, and publicly perform their works. Because of advances in technology, individuals must increasingly be aware of copyright implications when using a wide range of materials. Copyright violations related to copying printed materials, materials in digital format, audio and video recordings, music, Internet transmissions, and computer programs and databases, create potential legal liability for the university and the individuals involved.  Members of the BYU-Idaho community should be honest and show respect for others, especially in decisions and choices requiring subjective judgments, as is often the case in copyright decisions.


cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Baddog_:

Copyright issues face us every day. When you write a paper for a class can you quote someone else? How much can you quote? What if you are criticizing another work? Learn more in the Fair Use section to understand this legal copyright exemption.

cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Baddog_:


cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo by Baddog_:


Unsure what music is legal to download and what isn't? Check out the Digital Media section for more information.

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Nate Wise
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