Copyright Qs & As: Limitations on Rights

6.1 Question: Can employees who receive publications (newsletters, magazines, etc.) through their professional memberships/organizations, copy those articles for distribution to fellow employees if the copying is for research or scholarship?

Answer: Research and scholarship are words that may be interpreted in different manners, and depending on the particular circumstances, may fall under fair use or another section of the copyright statute. The “safest” route is to check the copyright and related information on the publication itself and see what it allows, as well as check your organizational policies, if any, on internal copying.

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