RIT Libraries can provide information and research assistance on the topics of copyright and fair use. Questions about legal advice and legal recommendations should be directed to RIT’s Office of Legal Affairs.

Reference and Instruction

For copyright and fair use questions related to:

  • Textbooks and instruction
  • Research
  • Citation and plagiarism

Contact your liaison librarian or Sue Mee, susan.mee@rit.edu

Distinctive Collections

For assistance with reproducing objects from RIT Libraries’ distinctive collections, contact:

  • RIT Archives Collections: Liz Call, University Archivist, elizabeth.call@rit.edu
  • RIT Cary Graphic Arts Collection, including the Cary Graphic Design Archive: Amelia Hugill-Fontanel, Associate Curator, ahfwml@rit.edu

Course Reserves

Information about copyright permissions for electronic course reserves can be found here: https://library.rit.edu/course-reserves-electronic-reserve-policy. If you have further questions about copyright and course reserves materials, contact ereswml@rit.edu

Digital Scholarship

For copyright and fair use questions pertaining to

  • Author’s rights
  • Self-archiving your published works
  • Assistance with evaluating copyright or fair use for digital projects
  • Creative Common Licenses
  • Open Access publishing

Visit https://library.rit.edu/digital-scholarship/ for more information or contact Frances Andreu, Digital Initiatives Librarian, (fcatwc@rit.edu

RIT Press

If you are publishing with RIT Press and have copyright questions related to the process, contact the Managing Editor, Molly Cort: mqcwml@rit.edu 

Information Delivery Services/Inter-Library Loan

Copyright questions regarding IDS and ILL services can be directed to Morna Hilderbrand, Information Delivery Services Librarian, mbhwml@rit.edu 

Other Resources

Trademarks & Patents

For information about Trademarks and Patents, visit the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer Office: https://www.rit.edu/research/ipmo/ 

University Copyright Policy

The official RIT University Copyright Policy can be found here: https://www.rit.edu/academicaffairs/policiesmanual/c032 

Fair Use Analysis

RIT Libraries Fair Use Analysis Form