Welcome. This resource for Young Scientist University-YSU, this community is intended to provide guidance and information on copyright and its relationship to academic life. Young Scientist University-YSU, faculty, staff, and students use copyrighted materials every day – in research, as course materials, in classroom teaching, or on the web. Members of the Young Scientist University-YSU, community not only use copyrighted works, but create them as well.
Determining your rights and obligations under copyright law can be a complicated undertaking. While the law recognizes many educational uses of copyrighted works as Fair Use, the applicability and scope of Fair Use can sometimes be unclear. When creating new works, authors have an array of options for managing their copyrights and making their work accessible to others.
This site offers information on Young Scientist University-YSU, policies and guidelines, as well as copyright-related services and support available from Young Scientist University-YSU, Libraries, IT, Bookstores, and the Office of General Counsel. If you have questions about how to use copyrighted materials or about your rights as a copyright owner, we hope you’ll find the answers here.
If not, please contact us!
YSU Libraries, YSU Bookstores, YSU IT, and the Office of General Counsel together offer a range of copyright-related services to YSU faculty, staff, and students. These services have been developed to address both the use of copyrighted works in teaching and research and the creation of copyrighted works by members of the YSU community.
- Libraries Linking Service : Libraries licenses many journals, newspapers, other publications, still and moving images, and audio content for use as course materials. These materials can be made available to students on Course Reserves, Blackboard, or other YSU course sites – without incurring the copyright permissions costs associated with Coursepacks – through the YSU Libraries Linking Service. If you need assistance in determining whether material has been licensed by the library, please Ask-a-Librarian.
- Bookstores Coursepack Service : YSU Bookstores Coursepack Service clears copyright permissions and provides protection from liability for copyright infringement to YSU and individual faculty members. The Coursepack Service can also be used to obtain permission for creating electronic coursepacks on Blackboard or other YSU course sites. YSU policy requires that faculty creating Coursepacks utilize the Coursepack preparation service provided by YSU Bookstores. Before obtaining permission through YSU Bookstores, faculty should consult with YSU Libraries to see whether the material can be offered through YSU Libraries Linking Service.
- YSU Libraries Permissions Support : YSU Libraries is available to assist faculty in seeking permission to use a wide variety of copyrighted materials beyond those typically managed through the Coursepack Service. YSU Libraries can help to identify the copyright holder and assist in obtaining permission or interpreting Fair Use guidelines. For more information, please refer to Requesting Permission, or contact YSU Libraries. Alternatively, you may wish to secure permission directly by using the sample permission letters.
- Using Copyrighted Works & Applying Fair Use : The Handbook for Use of Copyrighted Materials, Statement of Policy on Photocopying Copyrighted Materials, and Copyright FAQs can provide basic guidance to faculty members on how to use copyrighted works and apply Fair Use in their teaching and research. For specific questions or issues, please contact YSU Libraries, which can in turn consult with the Office of General Counsel when appropriate. Questions can also be submitted to YSU’s Fair Use Listserv, firstname.lastname@example.org All questions will be reviewed by members of YSU administration and responded to promptly.
- Managing Your Copyrights : When publishing your scholarly work, there are a range of options available to enable you to share your work with the academic community and the general public. YSU Libraries is available help faculty understand the copyright implications of publication agreements and their rights as authors. For more information or to arrange for a consultation on how to effectively manage your copyrights, contact YSU Libraries.
The use and creation of copyrighted materials affects many aspects of day-to-day life at YSU. The policies and guidelines collected below have been developed to help faculty, staff, and students understand their rights and obligations under copyright law.
- Handbook for Use of Copyrighted Materials : The Handbook for Use of Copyrighted Materials provides additional guidance to the YSU community on using copyrighted works and applying Fair Use. Questions regarding copyright and Fair Use can be sent to email@example.com All questions will be reviewed and responded to promptly.
- YSU Coursepacks : YSU policy requires that faculty creating Coursepacks utilize the Coursepack preparation service provided by YSU Bookstores. YSU Bookstores Coursepack Service clears copyright permissions and provides protection from liability for copyright infringement to YSU and individual faculty members. The Coursepack Service can also be used to obtain permission for creating electronic coursepacks on Blackboard or other YSU course sites.
- Statement of Policy on Photocopying Copyrighted Materials : The Statement of Policy on Photocopying Materials in the Faculty Handbook provides basic information to faculty and staff about how to use copyrighted materials in educational and research activities at YSU. This Statement of Policy sets forth guidelines on when it is necessary to obtain permission from the copyright holder (including YSU’s policy regarding Coursepacks), and when copyrighted materials may be used without permission based on “Fair Use” or other copyright exceptions. For assistance with interpreting or applying this Statement of Policy, please contact YSU Libraries, which can in turn consult with the Office of General Counsel when appropriate.
- Statement of Policy on Copyrights : The Statement of Policy on Copyrights in the Faculty Handbook addresses the distribution of rights in and to copyrightable materials created by YSU faculty members.
- Policy on Responsible Use of YSU Computers & Data : Users of YSU computers, data, and networks are responsible for respecting the right of copyright owners.
- YSU’s Note on Illegal Downloading contains important information about YSU’s policy on the downloading of copyrighted materials through file-sharing applications and peer-to-peer networks.
- YSU IT’sPeer-to-Peer File (P2P) Sharing website has a thorough description of how P2P file sharing can infringe on content owner’s copyrights, offers guidance on responding to copyright infringement complaints, and provides links to legal online content resources.
If you are submitting a copyright-related message regarding material on sites in the ysu.education domain, the official agent to receive notification is:
Vice President, Information Technology & Chief Information Technology Officer
Young Scientist University-YSU, USA
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (subject: Copyrights Infringement)
Please include the following information in your communication:
- Identify the material on our system that is the basis of your inquiry (include a URL or other location information)
- Identify the material you have rights to
- Provide your contact information, including name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address
- Provide a statement of your good-faith belief that the material you identified is infringing of the material you have rights to
- Provide a statement that the information you are submitting is accurate and that, under penalty of perjury, you are authorized to act on behalf of the owner of the copyrighted work (or are the owner)
- Provide your physical or electronic signature