This guide is intended to provide the students, faculty, and staff of Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell with an understanding of copyright law and fair use. While these concepts can be complex this information can provide guidance on what constitutes fair use, when and how to seek permission from the copyright holder, and how to avoid plagiarism. It is not intended to be legal advice.
U.S. Copyright law is a federal law covered under Title 17 of the United States Code.
For a work to be protected under copyright it must be original and fixed in a tangible medium of expression. The law specifically states eight broad categories of "works of authorship" which include:
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