Copyright affects everything scholars do. This site offers multiple resources to help you understand what you can and can’t do.

Copyright Defined:

Copyright is the legal framework for ownership of written works, paintings, sculptures, photographs, videos, recorded music, sheet music, computer programs, video games, architectural design, choreography, etc. “Copyright” is one name for a bundle of rights: the right to make copies, distribute copies, make derivative works (such as a translation or adaptation), and the public performance and/or public display of works.

This website is a joint effort of the Princeton University Library, The McGraw Center for Teaching & Learning, and the Office of the General Counsel, and is intended to support the University’s mission of excellence in teaching and research. The site materials developed in consultation with the Art Museum, the department of Art & Archeology and others.

Copyright rights, unregulated uses, and fair use

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