Introduction to Copyright and Intellectual Property at Macalester

Most copyright conversations start with one of these two questions:

  • Can I use this? 
  • What do I own?

Copyright and Intellectual Property at Macalester-Google Doc is a first stop to providing guidance to you in answering these questions.
Alternate version: 2021 Copyright and Intellectual Property at Macalester-PDF format

In addition, your Librarians and Academic Information Associates offer one-on-one and small group consultation on topics related to rights and intellectual property issues in research and publishing. Librarians also offer workshops on request and can visit classes, labs, or research teams for training or discussion of copyright issues in-person, or via video with Macalester College faculty, staff, students, and other members of our broader community. We can’t give legal advice, but we can provide information to help you understand the legal landscape, and discuss common approaches to similar topics. Ask Us

Common consultation topics:

  • Basics of copyright law: copyrightability; rights and responsibilities; who owns what
  • Project or research planning: what can be copied; what can be shared?
  • Educational and classroom use questions: fair use and additional useful tools
  • Publishing: negotiating author rights; permissions; fair use in published works
  • Alternative models in publishing: open access; open educational resources
  • Alternative options for promoting and protecting content: Creative Commons and open source licensing