Copyright Basics

Copyright Overview
Fair Use
© Infringement Penalties
US Legal System

For Instructors

Face-to-Face Instruction
Virtual Instruction

For Researchers

Use of © Works
Author Rights
Thesis/ Dissertation

Copyright Resources

Campus Resources
Other Resources
UCO Publications
Reporting Alleged © Infringement

United States Legal System

Copyright is a federal law so it is important to understand how federal laws work.  If there is a dispute about a federal law it must be adjudicated in a federal court.   State legal systems are similar in structure to the Federal legal system but can usually only hear state law claims.

The United States Constitution is the basis of the U.S. legal system.  Article 1 Section 8 Clause 8 is the Copyright Clause in the Constitution.


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