Copyright Digital Content
Digital content may include any electronic media created and communicated in digital code. The copyright protection given non-digital content also protects digital content. A book is a book whether in digital or print format; a letter is a letter whether fixed on paper or in an email.
Technology makes it easier to infringe copyright but it does not justify infringement. Due consideration must be given to copyright restrictions when engaged in work that includes:
- Scanning or digitizing a printed work;
- Reformatting a digital work;
- File sharing;
- Downloading and using content from a web site;
- Linking to Internet content;
- Posting copyrighted content on a web site;
- Forwarding, posting or reproducing for distribution business e-mails and attachments;
- Forwarding, posting or reproducing for distribution content from electronic discussion lists, bulletin boards or newsgroups.
Guidelines for use of copyrighted works in support of teaching and learning at Wabash are listed in the left sidebar by content type and means of delivery. If an intended use of digital content may be out of compliance with fair use exemptions, permission of the copyright holder is required and may incur a fee.
Always include appropriate attribution and copyright notice when using copyrighted works.
For information about what material is protected by copyright and "fair use" provisions of copyright law, please refer to the Selected Tools listing. For additional assistance, please contact Diane Norton.