Date: May 9, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Jeanette Smith, NMSU Library, (575) 646-7492, email@example.com
The NMSU Library provides an online copyright guide designed as a basic informational resource for the NMSU community. Copyright affects all who access, build upon and share information in order to create new knowledge.
Copyright law attempts to strike a balance between protecting the rights of authors and creators and protecting the need for public access to information and ideas. A knowledge of copyright law is essential in situations such as showing a film in a face-to-face class, compiling readings for an online class, sharing with your colleagues a journal article you have written, performing a piece of music you have written, getting permission to use images for your dissertation, designing a multimedia work based on other works or determining who “owns” a course you have created.
The guide, available at http://nmsu.edu/copyright, covers topics such as how copyright works, fair use, face-to-face and distance education classroom issues, seeking permission and open source/open access resources. While it is not a substitute for legal advice, it does provide a framework for understanding and working with legal issues, including lawfully using and sharing copyrighted works, as well as protecting our own creative works.
For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.