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Patents, Copyright and Intellectual Property

Information on copyright, fair use of materials for academic use. Also this guide covers patents, what they are, how to find them and how to apply for a patent

Other Useful Guides to Copyright

Rights to Your Work

Copyright Information at the University of Chicago

Fair Use: Our Fair Use Guide offers information on Fair Use including definitions, factors for evaluating, and best practices.

Copyright Information Center: The University of Chicago's site on copyright.  It provides information, though not an official copyright policy for the University.


Copyright and the Public Domain:

  • Covers what can be copyrighted
  • What is in the public domain
  • Length of Copyright

Fair Use for Academic Purposes

  • What constitutes Fair Use
  • Helpful Rules of Thumb
  • CONFU (Conference on Fair Use) Guidelines

Checklist to determine if a proposed use of a work falls within Fair Use

Requesting Permission to use a work

Distributing Copyrighted works to students



Contact Information

Jennifer Hart
Librarian for Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science and Physics
Crerar Library Room 130
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Copyright and Images

Our Images guide offers information about using images under copyright and places to find copyright-free ones.