Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright and fair use are of special concern in higher education and research.
To fulfill its teaching, research, and public service mission, it is the policy of the University of California to encourage the broad dissemination and use of information in accordance with copyright law.  The UCI Libraries provide resources for both creators and users of copyrighted materials. This page will help you find answers to common questions about copyright and fair use; it is not intended to serve as legal advice.

University of California Copyright and Fair Use Guide (Highly Recommended)

UCI Copyright Guidelines for Course Reserves

UCI Special Collections & Archives Permissions to Publish

UCI Libraries ASCAP and BMI Music Licenses

Most copyright use and ownership questions are complex and best handled on a case-by-case basis. If you need assistance, contact Cathy Palmer, Head of Education and Outeach, at or Dana Peterman, Head of Collection Development, at


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