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Copyright: General Resources

Copyright Questions

All Legal questions should be directed to Mr. Clark Watson at or 205.726.4503

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from the U. S. Copyright Office


Hi, there!

Figuring out when it's okay to use a source can sometime be confusing. Terms like "fair use" and "plagiarism" and "licensing" and "citation" seem contradictory in their definitions. Hopefully, the information you find here will help you in your research.

Of course, when in doubt, you should always cite sources.

  • Samford University has an official policy on Copyright, which can be downloaded here (Word doc).

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Creative Thinking Films

More educational films about copyright and plagiarism are available at Creative Thinking. See the link at the left for the complete Creative Thinking site.