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UConn Libraries' Responsibilities

The University of Connecticut Libraries provide high quality collections and information services in support of the University’s research and educational missions.  In their endeavors, the University Libraries are committed to compliance with intellectual property law and the preservation of the rights of copyright owners and users of copyrighted materials. The University Libraries also seek to ensure that members of the university community know their rights and responsibilities under the provisions of the U.S. copyright law (17 U.S.C. Section 101 et seq.), and are able to apply them regarding their use of copyrighted works. Accordingly, the University Libraries shall

  • State the libraries’ responsibilities and its policies, procedures, and guidelines governing the use or reproduction of copyrighted material in all formats, with particular respect to current provisions of the U.S. copyright law and pertinent University of Connecticut policies.

  • Inform faculty, staff, and students of their rights and responsibilities under copyright law, including the good faith application of the four factors of fair use in determining those rights and responsibilities as set forth in the U.S. copyright law.

  • Serve as a copyright information resource for the university community, in concert with other university units.

  • Act in good faith regarding the provisions and exemptions within U.S. copyright law when providing services, resources and information to library users.

  • Promote the adoption of library policies, standards, procedures, and agreements that fully support the university's mission under fair use principles and other applicable exemptions.

  • Actively monitor evolving copyright laws and professional guidelines, modifying the libraries’ policies, procedures, and guidelines as necessary.

  • Advocate within the university community and beyond for the preservation of fair use, and the availability of licensing terms that strengthen and do not inhibit teaching, learning, scholarship, and research.

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