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Copyright in Scholarship

The process of research and the creation of scholarship often involves building upon the intellectual property and works of others. Luther expects all community members involved in the creation of academic or scholarly work to adhere to all appropriate copyright laws and ethical standards for reusing the works of others. For creative works, this includes ensuring that reuse of material falls under fair use guidelines, and that all borrowed material is cited appropriately. Please bear in mind the following items:

  • Works do not have to display a copyright notice in order to be copyrighted. All works created (published and unpublished) after March 1, 1989 are protected by default and many earlier works also enjoy protection no matter their published status.
  • Copying materials for personal research purposes is covered under copyright law and is subject to fair use.
  • Reuse of audio or video material in multimedia scholarship is covered under copyright law and is subject to fair use.
  • In cases where additional rights beyond fair use are required, users should contact the copyright holders for permissions. In many cases permissions may be granted at little or no cost for educational projects.