This is the "Caltech Library Services" page of the "Copyright Support and Issues" guide.
Alternate Page for Screenreader Users
Skip to Page Navigation
Skip to Page Content

Copyright Support and Issues   Tags: copyright, intellectual, property  

The Caltech library staff can and will assist faculty, students and staff in the various areas of copyright issues. This guide is meant to serve as a starting point.
Last Updated: Sep 12, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

Caltech Library Services Print Page

Library Copyright Support

Under the direction of the Office of the General Counsel, and in compliance with Caltech policies, the Caltech Library staff can and will assist faculty, students and staff in the following areas of copyright issues.

In providing these services, it is understood that the individual user is responsible for any infringement.  As representatives of Caltech, library staff aim to minimize the Institute's exposure.  The Office of the General Counsel is the final authority.

For more information on Caltech's copyright, sofrtware and patent policies, please see the Office of the General Counsel's website's Forms and Documents section.

We highly recommend that faculty, students and staff contact the Office of the General Counsel if they have specific questions.

  • Fair Use
    Library staff will explain the basis for the fair use copyright exemption, and provide advice regarding whether a certain planned use is fair-use or not.
  • Classroom Copying and Coursepacks
    Library staff will explain the basis for the ability to copy material for use in the classroom, and will provide advice regarding the need for permission for planned classroom use.
  • Posting Course Materials on the Internet
    The TEACH Act addresses the use of copyrighted material for long-distance learning. Restrictions exist to protect copyright owners, etc.
  • Permissions
    Library staff can provide the following services:
    (a.) How to phrase a permission request of a copyright-holder.
    (b.) What address or contact to use for requesting permission.
    (c.) Author’s rights - library staff will advise authors regarding copyright transfer agreements and how such agreements affect access to the scholarly archive.
  • Registering your Copyright
    The U.S Copyright Office has made it easy for authors to register copyright on their own works. Their website contains a lot of useful information, including what can be copyrighted, a listing of current fees, and updated FAQs and other tips. It also includes an online copyright filing interface. Using this system both lowers your cost for filing copyright and speeds up the registration process.

Online Copyright Tools

Using these educational tools can help educators and others become more comfortable utilizing the limitations and exceptions to the exclusive rights granted to the copyright holder under U.S. Copyright law. By exercising these valuable exceptions, we strengthen copyright’s primary purpose–“to promote the progress of science and useful arts” (U. S. Constitution, Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8).

  • Section 108 Spinner
    Helps determine whether or not a particular reproduction is covered by the exemption known as Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code, which allows libraries & archives, under certain circumstances, to make reproductions of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder.
  • Exceptions for Instructors
    Guides users through the educational exceptions in U.S. copyright law, helping to explain and clarify rights and responsibilities for the performance and display of copyrighted content in traditional, distance and blended educational models.
  • Fair Use Evaluator
    Helps understand how to determine if the use of a protected work is a “fair use.” It helps users collect, organize, and document the information they may need to support a fair use claim, and provides a time-stamped PDF document for the users’ records.

Journal Analyses for Authors & Reviewers

Caltech Library will provide information to help authors make informed choices when choosing to review, publish or edit journals.

My Profile

Profile Image
Kathy Johnson
Contact Info
Millikan Library 1-32
California Institute of Technology
Pasadena, CA 91125
Office: (626) 395-6065
Fax: (626) 792-7540
kjohnson AT

Library News

Loading Loading...
blank padding

Loading  Loading...