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Copyright and Course Websites

The guide provides answers to common questions about copyright and course websites.

Copyright Questions?

The University of Michigan Library Copyright Office provides help with copyright questions for University of Michigan faculty, staff and students. Please email us with questions or visit our website for more information.

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Legal Advice

The information presented here is intended for informational purposes and should not be construed as legal advice. If you have specific legal questions pertaining to the University of Michigan, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.

If you require legal advice in your personal capacity, the lawyer referral services operated by the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan may be helpful to you.

Copyright and Course Websites

Welcome to the Copyright and Course Websites guide from the University of Michigan Library Copyright Office. University of Michigan policy allows instructors to make their own decisions about posting materials on course websites, such as Canvas sites. Often, those decisions involve legal questions about copyright. This guide aims to help instructors make decisions about what materials to post, and under what circumstances.

Last revised on November 11, 2016.

Services of the University of Michigan Library Copyright Office

The University of Michigan Library Copyright Office provides the university community information about copyright. In addition to this guide and our other web resources, we provide the following services:

  • We answer copyright questions via email.
  • We consult about copyright questions in person, over the phone, and via Google Hangouts. (Please email us to request an appointment.)
  • We hold online copyright office hours for the university community on Friday afternoons. (Please sign up via Google Calendar using a university email address.)
  • We offer public workshops on copyright.
  • We offer customized copyright education (presentations, workshops, etc.) for university groups, including faculty, staff, and students. (Please email us to request this.)

Although we provide information and education about copyright, we are not able to provide legal advice.

Note that some copyright-related issues are handled elsewhere at the university:

  • If you have specific legal questions pertaining to the University of Michigan, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.
  • If you believe your copyright has been infringed on a web site hosted by the university, please contact our DMCA agent.
  • If you have questions about using the university trademarks, including the Block M, please consult the Permissions Guide from University of Michigan Global Communications.

If you require legal advice in your personal capacity, the lawyer referral services operated by the Washtenaw County Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan may be helpful to you.