The information that follows is not legal advice, nor is it intended to replace the advice of legal counsel.


This guide provides copyright and fair use information and resources for the UCSB community.  Coverage includes basic explanations of U.S. copyright law; the fundamentals of fair use and the Digital Millennium Copyright Act; University of California policies; FAQs; and useful resources. The guide contains information that will assist you in using copyrighted material thoughtfully and responsibly, while also encouraging you to exercise your fair use right.


The goal of the guide is to educate the UCSB community about copyright law as it pertains to the legal use of third party copyrighted material within the academy, and to encourage you to exercise your fair use right.

For information on managing your own intellectual property, please refer to the Scholarly Communication page.