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Copyright Guide - Copyright & P2P

Often, students use multimedia that they've found online to illustrate a concept in a paper, presentation, or project, and they look for guidance on adhering to fair use guidelines. Our Copyright Guide provides a broad range of information to help, and has contact information where you can ask your specific questions. This webpage will help you determine what you can legally use and what you should avoid using without first obtaining permission from the copyright holder

Students, and others on campus, also have a number of questions about copyright and peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing. Owners of copyrights are very aggressive in their pursuit of alleged violators. The University of Arizona takes it very seriously when there are allegations of illegal file sharing using university networks and computers.

We know the issue is a confusing one with lots of legal gray areas. To help you understand the basics a little better, we've compiled some information we think will make the whole thing a lot clearer:

Annual Notice Regarding Unauthorized Reproduction and Distribution of Copyrighted Material

This FAQ sheet has been reviewed and approved by a copyright attorney from The University of Arizona Office of the General Counsel, so you can trust that the information is correct and timely. It contains links to helpful documents explaining Fair Use and provides guidance on what to do if you're ever served with a subpoena, or contacted by representatives of copyright holders alleging copyright infringement.

Legal Music and Movies

  • For music: For the latest, greatest, most comprehensive list of legal music resources, check out Why Music Matters, from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the Music Business Association.
  • For movies: Check out the Motion Picture Association of America's list of great online movie resources.

Online Resources

Here are a few websites that we have selected because they present accurate, up-to-date information in an easy-to-understand way.

But if you're ever stumped about whether what you want to do is legal or not, just STOP what you're doing and contact us. If we don't know the answer, we'll put you in touch with people who do.

Dan Lee, Director, Office of Copyright Management & Scholarly Communication, (520) 621-6433, leed@email.arizona.edu

This material is adapted from earlier versions created by University of Arizona Office of the General Counsel and the Office of Student Computing Resources.

Last modified: December 1, 2016