As librarians and expert copyright educators, we support the Caltech community with training and information in copyright management best practices and we share high quality copyright information resources. Our aim is to help guide faculty, students, and research staff to make wise decisions as both creators and users of copyrighted works.
Under the direction of the Office of the General Counsel, and in compliance with Caltech policies, Caltech Copyright Specialists assist faculty, students and staff in the following areas of copyright issues.
In providing copyright education and information, it is understood that the individual user is responsible for their own information handling choices (including infringement). As representatives of Caltech,Librarians aim to minimize the Institute's exposure while also promoting best practices to maximize the reuse of copyright materials in accordance with the law. The Office of the General Counsel is the final authority.
We highly recommend that faculty, students and staff contact the Office of the General Counsel if they have specific questions requiring the advice of a qualified attorney.
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).
Caltech Library will provide information to help authors make informed choices when choosing to review, publish or edit journals.