Landman Library

The Copyright Desk

The stopping point for information about copyright issues, both general and specific to Arcadia University.

Copyright is a complex subject.

The Copyright Desk website will help you understand the complexities better without going too deep.


Copyright Concepts

Some of the most common and important themes surrounding copyright.

Basics  Get started on understanding copyright.

Fair Use  Ways that copyrighted works can get use without the risk of infringement.

Public Domain  Works that aren't under any copyright protection

International Copyright  What copyright protection looks like across borders

Plagiarism  An issue that isn't really copyright but gets confused easily.


Copyright Issues

Examples of how to reuse safely and, on the flip side, ensure work is protected.

Copyright Articles  

Copyright Case Studies  


Copyright Users

Everyone is a user of copyrighted work. Here’s what you have to consider.

Uses of Copyrighted Works  

Works Almost Free of Copyrights  

Copyright Infringement  



Copyright Authors

Everyone is an author of copyrighted work. Here’s what you have to consider.

AU Community Authors  

Types of Copyrighted Works  


Copyright Resources

What else is available to help understand the complexities?

Tools  Fair Use Analysis Tool, Public Domain Slider

Websites  Other good copyright websites, including US Copyright Office and Creative Commons.

Primary Sources  US Constitution, Copyright Law in the US Code, and more.

Glossary  A dictionary specifically for copyright as referenced through this site.