It is the intent of Otis College of Art & Design Library to adhere to the provision of the US Copyright Law (Title 17). The law is complicated, particularly as relates to educational and fair use. Below are useful sites which present various aspects and interpretations of compliance with the law to assist faculty, students, and the entire Otis Community who use copyrighted materials, text, and images for lectures, as well as for artmaking and on Otis' websites. Please educate yourself!
Copyright Policies: Everyone posting in O-Space is legally and ethically responsible for adhering to copyright laws. By uploading material to O-Space, you personally assume all legal responsibility for infringements. Course Readers should be used for all required readings. Articles should not routinely be scanned for O-Space.
Most of what you find online is copyrighted material. This is true for all material on the Otis website and for all material that you access through the Otis Proxy Server. The Library contracts with several database publishers and vendors to provide these resources to Otis students and faculty for educational use only. They are made available to at no charge, but are subject to the conditions of the licensing contracts between Otis and the publishers.
Educational Use is defined as private study and research. Under fair use, works still in copyright may be used in student projects and for other educational uses without permission.
A Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts from College Art Association, 2015
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video (from the American University Center for Social Media)
Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance (Copyright Clearance Center)
Copyright and Fair Use (from Stanford University)
Copyright Basics (from NYU Libraries)
Copyright Crash Course (from University of Texas System)