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Copyright Quick Reference Guide

This guide provides basic information on copyright law to help you make sense of your copyright questions.


Welcome to the Copyright Quick Reference Guide provided by the UNT Libraries Copyright Advisory Services. This guide provides information on US copyright law as applied to your personal, scholarly, and creative activities and the functions of the UNT Libraries.

The Libraries' copyright specialists help faculty, students, staff, and community members understand the many issues related to copyright, including author agreements, licensing, and fair use. Please contact to set up individual consultations, workshops, and/or presentations for your classes.

Please note, this guide does not provide legal advice and is not a substitute for help from an attorney.

Options for legal advice

For legal advice, consider the following options:

  • UNT Student Legal Services provides free legal help to UNT students on issues that do not involve the university, such as for works created by students outside of paid employment at the university.
  • For certain issues related to copyright, you may qualify for help from the Trademark & Copyright Clinic at the Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth or from a similar clinic at another law school closer to you.
  • If you have a serious legal problem, please seek assistance from a lawyer; you can find the State Bar of Texas's lawyer referral & information service here.

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