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Copyright: About this guide

Basic copyright information for faculty, staff, and students of Texas State University.


JUST BECAUSE YOU WORK OR TEACH AT AN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTION doesn't mean that you can use and share anything you find.

  • Crediting sources isn't a cure to copyright infringement.
  • When necessary, obtaining permissions and purchasing licenses to use resources is a legal requirement.
  • See the fair use tab and contact the Copyright Officer for help assessing your fair use.

Texas State University Copyright Policy

What about Plagiarism?

Plagiarism and copyright infringement are not the same thing.

Plagiarism is using someone else's work without attribution.

Plagiarism is an ethical concept and may affect your reputation.

For more information about plagiarism and how to avoid it:

Avoiding Plagiarism Guide

Copyright - What is it?

copy∙right \käp‐ē‐rīt\ n  the exclusive right to reproduce, publish, sell, or distribute the matter and form of something (as a literary, musical, or artistic work). Merriam‐Webster

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Legal Disclaimer

This guide is designed to share information on copyright and related topics. This guide does not supply legal advice nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.