How To Use Others’ Materials

Authors and other content-creators regularly build on and incorporate information and materials created by others. Ensuring compliance with copyright laws as we create new works depends on the type of existing resource we’re using and how we’re using it.

Some materials or uses aren’t covered by copyright law; some may be considered “fair uses”; some may require permission from a copyright holder.

This detailed guide to using copyrightable materials from the University of Minnesota provides a well-organized overview of the relevant issues.

Need assistance with navigating copyright in your use of others’ materials?