USD Copyright Guidelines and FAQ’s

Copley Library Copyright Guide

In this guide, you'll find resources on fair use, copyright for authors, information on using images and media, and more.

Copyright Basics

A general overview of copyright law, especially as it pertains to scholarly and educational activities.

Copyright and Remote Teaching FAQs

Frequently asked questions relating to the remote teaching environment.

Electronic Reserves Copyright Guidelines

How to comply with copyright law when using Copley Library's electronic reserves system.

Learning Management Systems Copyright Guidelines

How to comply with copyright law when using learning management systems.

Copyright Questions

For general copyright questions please email us at
To schedule a one-on-one consultation or request a personalized workshop on topics such as fair use, locating free to use images and video, securing permissions, and public performance rights please contact committee chair Christopher Marcum at

Copley Library Copyright Committee

The charge of the Copley Library Copyright Committee is to educate the USD community about best practices in copyright compliance, as well as address specific copyright questions from USD students, faculty and staff.

Committee Members: Theresa Byrd (Ex Officio), Dean of the University Library; V. Dozier, Education Librarian; Leslie Hovland, Interlibrary Loan and Reserves Assistant; Christopher Marcum (Chair), Access and Outreach Services Librarian; Amanda Makula, Digital Initiatives Librarian; Alex Moran, Access Services Manager; Alejandra Nann, Electronic Resources and Serials Librarian