The Alverno College Library has developed a checklist to help faculty and staff determine fair use of content. If you have any questions about determining the fair use of content please contact a librarian.
Copyright protection is intended to promote learning and culture. Within an academic setting copyright protection gives scholars the right to demand attribution from others using their work. Scholars also have the right to transfer their copyright to publishers of their work.
Patents recognize new inventions derived from research. They often are expensive to obtain and usually require assistance from other people.
Trademarks often function as consumer protection tools by eliminating confusion over brands and quality. They are also used to strengthen the commercial interests of individuals and corporations.