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The University Libraries' Copyright program is focused on addressing the campus's informational and educational needs around copyright. We offer an expanding menu of education and training opportunities, including this website, personal and small-group consultations, tailored and course-integrated instruction, and workshops on fundamental copyright and scholarly communications issues.


We are always happy to discuss copyright issues and concerns with University of Minnesota faculty, staff, students, and other affiliates. We can't usually give legal advice (you'd usually need to hire your own lawyer for that), but we can give you information to help you understand the legal landscape, and discuss common approaches to similar topics

Common consultation topics:
  • Basics of copyright law - copyrightability; rights and responsibilities; who owns what
  • UMN Copyright Policy questions and concerns
  • Project or research planning: what can be copied? what can be shared?
  • Educational and classroom use questions - fair use and additional useful tools
  • Author's concerns when publishing
  • Open Access and emerging models in scholarly publishing
  • Alternative options for promoting and protecting content - Creative Commons and open source licensing

Workshops and Trainings

We offer a range of regularly scheduled workshop sessions at various locations on the Twin Cities campus, and online for UMN folks not located in the Twin Cities. If dates are not listed for upcoming workshops, they will be soon. Click on a session date/time to register.

  • AUGUST - Instructors' Copyright Crash Course
    This 60 minute session will NOT give you all the answers to copyright issues that arise in teaching at the University. It will, however, give you several options for course materials that are 100%, no-doubt-about-it, free of copyright issues. We'll talk about solid solutions for both face-to-face and online instruction. The session will also emphasize connections with University resources for more in-depth copyright learning, getting permissions, making good use of Moodle, and more.
  • Wednesday, August 13, 11-12am, Magrath Library, room 81
    Thursday, August 14, 4-5pm, Walter Library, room 310
    Wednesday, August 20, 2-3pm, Walter Library, room 310
    Thursday, August 21, 1-2pm, Magrath Library, room 81
    Thursday, August 28, 1-2pm, Walter Library, room 310
    Friday, August 29, 11am-12pm, Walter Library, room 310

    (Sessions may be added if there is high demand, or cancelled if registration is low.)

    In the fall, we'll resume our regularly scheduled sessions including:
  • NEW! You Have The Power: Basics of Contracts and Negotiation
    A basic introduction to reading, understanding, and negotiating contracts, with a focus on academic publication contracts for journals and monographs.
  • Know Your Rights: Copyright Essentials for Authors and Creators
    In this session authors and creators learn more about their rights in their creations, and how to manage those rights to achieve their goals.
    Primarily intended for faculty, researchers, and graduate students engaged in the scholarly writing & publishing process.
  • Can I Use That? Dealing with Copyright in Everyday Life
    Learn about options for using materials created by others - in writing, presentations, remix videos, and beyond.
    Primarily intended for faculty, researchers, and graduate students engaged in the scholarly writing & publishing process.

If this schedule does not work for you, we are happy to offer workshop sessions at specific times or locations of your choosing (provided you have a few people interested.) We also offer custom trainings and presentations on topics -not- listed below - please contact us to set one up!

Creative Commons License Unless otherwise noted, all content on the Copyright Information section of this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License.

This web site presents information about copyright law. The University Libraries make every effort to assure the accuracy of this information but do not offer it as counsel or legal advice. Consult an attorney for advice concerning your specific situation.
The Libraries Copyright Program is part of

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Contact us: copyinfo@umn.edu
About Us

Other Copyright Resources on Campus

Office of General Counsel
Campus Copyright Policy
Copyright Permissions Service