Teaching, learning, research, and scholarship involve the creation and use of copyrighted materials. OHSU community members are responsible for ensuring their use of copyrighted materials is compliant with US copyright law, as specified in OHSU Policy No. 12-70-005Students may also learn about disciplinary actions for violating copyright in their student handbook.

The OHSU Library can help you evaluate how to share your work in ways that address your goals while optimizing access to your research and scholarship and use the work of others while remaining within the bounds of the OHSU copyright policy.

Learning the basics of copyright makes working with it simpler and less intimidating. This copyright guide provides fundamental information about US copyright law, exemptions that allow you to use the work of others without permission in teaching or scholarship, and how to seek permission when needed.

If your copyright question is not addressed in this copyright guide, please contact us at for more assistance.