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Copyright Consideration For Your New (Or Old) Online Course

How does copyright law differ for distance learning and traditional face to face courses? What permissions do you need to share or include another’s content in your online course? Does copyright law have an exception for emergencies? Who owns the copyright in the works you create? Join the University Libraries’ Copyright Services for a presentation on the basics of copyright for online instruction. This presentation will cover copyright exceptions for online teaching, an introduction to using openly licensed content, and copyright best practices for transitioning from a face-to-face to online course.

Who: Ohio State Faculty
When: Tuesday, Aug, 11, 2020 from 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Livestream Link:
Livestream Password: Will be provided in registration confirmation email

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact as soon as possible. Requests made by Aug. 4th will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. A captioned recording of this program will be available within 7-10 business days following the event posted to the University Libraries website.

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2 Million In-Copyright Books Opened for The Ohio State University By HathiTrust

HathiTrust has opened emergency temporary access to copyrighted materials in their digital library to member institutions with copies of those items in their physical collections. Books available through HathiTrust which are also in The Ohio State University Libraries collections have been made available online without the additional step of requesting a digital scan. This action from HathiTrust allows digital access to nearly two millions volumes, corresponding to approximately 46% of the printer collection held at Ohio State.

To take advantage of this resource:

  1. Visit and click the yellow “LOG IN” button.
  2. Select “The Ohio State University” and log in using your university credentials.
  3. Use the site to locate the item you wish to view.
  4. Click on the Temporary Access link at the bottom of the record to check out the item through the Emergency Temporary Access Service.

Users will have 60 minutes of access to the book during a session. If you remain active in the book during a session, access time will be extended. Users are not permitted to download a book in any way and may only read materials online in an active session while using HathiTrust in order to protect the author’s rights. More information on accessing the materials is available in their Information for Users and FAQs for students, faculty and staff

The Emergency Temporary Access Service will be available to members of our campus community for as long as University Libraries facilities are closed and circulation of print materials is suspended.

POSTPONED: Digging Deeper into the Public Domain (Workshop)

Join University Libraries’ Copyright Services for part two of a workshop series on the public domain. This session provides information on different factors that impact the copyright status and duration of many different types of creative works. Attendees will have the opportunity to further explore resources and best practices for determining if a work is in the public domain, using materials from the Ohio State Libraries’ collections. Prior attendance of the series is not required.

Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Tuesday, March 24, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

This event has been postponed.

Bringing Fair Use to Life (Workshop)

How can artists like Andy Warhol, Carrie Mae Weems, Roy Lichtenstein, or Richard Prince legally use somebody else’s materials in their own art? Are you using somebody else’s photograph, illustration, text, or video in your own scholarship or creative project? Do you need permission to do that? Join University Libraries’ Copyright Services for a hands-on workshop on the important exception of fair use, an exception in the law that allows use of copyrighted content without permission. Learn how to use copyrighted materials confidently and legally in your research, teaching, and creative endeavors.

The workshop will cover the factors to consider in determining fair use and look to examples of authors and artists that have relied on fair use in the production of their creative works. Attendees will have the opportunity to work through a fair use analysis while making their own creative work using materials from the OSU Libraries’ collections.

Who: Ohio State faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students
When: Thursday, February 27, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Where: Research Commons, 3rd floor of 18th Avenue Library

Celebrate Fair Use with University Libraries: Using Copyrighted Works Legally and Confidently

Copyright law protects many different types of creative works, including books, articles, blogs, videos, music, pictures, architecture, and even choreography. Authors and creators are given certain exclusive rights in the creative works they create. But fair use is an important limit on those exclusive rights; a fair use of a work is not considered a copyright infringement.

Fair use makes it possible for students to copy, critique, adapt, and share copyrighted works, inside and outside of the classroom, without having to seek permission from the copyright owner.

What makes a use a fair use? To determine if a use is a fair use, you must consider the following factors:

  1. Purpose and character of the use;
  2. Nature of the copyrighted work;
  3. Amount and sustantiality of the portion used; and
  4. Effect of the use on the market of the copyrighted work.

Join University Libraries on Thursday, February 27 at the Research Commons to learn more about the four fair use factors and your rights under the law. This event is offered as part of Fair Use Week. Attendees will have the opportunity to work through a fair use analysis while making their own creative work using materials from the Ohio State Libraries’ collections.

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Written by Maria Scheid, Public Services Coordinator at Copyright Services, The Ohio State University Libraries.

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