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Adler University Library Archives: Copyright


Adler University Library Copyright Statement

It is the policy of Adler University to comply with federal copyright law and all related law codified at 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq. All faculty, staff and students must adhere to School copyright policy and are expected to seek consultation and advice from the Library when using the copyrighted works of others in the course of instruction.

Adler University is committed to fostering an environment that provides for the fair use of copyrighted works to achieve the goals of teaching, service, and research, while remaining in compliance with applicable laws. Adler University users of copyrighted works are accorded the rights and privileges pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §§107 (Fair Use), 108 (Reproduction by Libraries and Archives), 109 (First Sale Doctrine and Transfers) and 110 (Teaching Exception) and other statutory exemptions and limitations to the exclusive rights granted to the owner of a copyright protected work.

It is the policy of Adler University to inform and educate faculty, students and staff regarding federal copyright law, the rights of copyright owners, the legal obligation of the School to comply with applicable law, and the rights of the School community to use copyrighted works.

 Under Adler University Copyright Policy, faculty, staff, and students retain all rights in copyrightable materials they create, except when special circumstances or contractual arrangements prevail, including, by way of example:

  • The work is a “work for hire” under copyright law, or the author was commissioned in writing by the University to develop the materials as part of the author’s regularly compensated duties;
  • Conditions restricting copyright privileges are contained in grant or contract funding.

Fair Use

The fair use of a copyrighted work for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright. In determining whether the use made of a work in any particular case is a fair use the factors to be considered shall include:

1. Purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes;

2. Nature of the copyrighted work;

3. Amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and

4. Effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. The fact that a work is unpublished shall not itself bar a finding of fair use if such finding is made upon consideration of all the above factors.

Archive Copyright Policy

Some documents found in our holdings may be copyrighted by outside individuals or institutions. Please note that it is your responsibility to identify the copyright owner and to obtain permission before making use of this material in any way. Some materials donated or otherwise obtained from individuals or organizations may be subject to restrictions on use. Please note that because we cannot guarantee the status of specific items, you use materials found in our holdings at your own risk.

Certain individuals depicted may claim rights in their likenesses and images. Use of photographs or other materials may be subject to these claims. Anyone who intends to use these materials commercially should contact the individuals depicted or their representatives.

The Adler Archive is to be credited on all documents and photographs used in publication or display.