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The Congress shall have power] "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries." - U.S. Constitution, Article I Section 8 Clause 8

CDRS Services provides copyright guidance to the Virginia Tech community based on its 20-years of experience with online scholarly communications, including its work with

Out of these and other activities, we have gained a wealth of experience with copyright for scholarship and instruction. We will help you interpret the copyright law, U.S. Code, Title 17.

  • Section 102: Original authorship
  • Section 106: Exclusive rights of creators
  • Section 107: Fair use
  • Section 108: Library services
  • Section 110: Instruction--TEACH Act

Myths about copyright

(original by Brad Templeton)

  • Copying just a little bit is OK.
  • Attribution is as good as permission.
  • It's free advertising.
  • I modified it; now it's mine.
  • It's OK--it's for educational purposes.
  • You have to give away all your rights to get published.
  • It doesn't say it's copyrighted.
  • It's on the Web so I can use it without asking.

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General questions can be sent to our email address.

More detailed questions can be directed to the CDRS staffer responsible for the service or resource. See our people page for a list of staffers.

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