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Music Resources: Copyright

General Copyright

As a scholar and a library user, you have a right and a responsibility to understand and abide by copyright law. Follow some of the links below to become better informed.

This toolkit was not prepared by an attorney and is not intended to substitute for legal advice.

Public Domain

Some materials are in the public domain, which means the intellectual property is not owned or controlled by any person or entity. Materials in the public domain can be used freely, although they may need to be properly cited. Determining what is in the public domain can be difficult, but these sites can help.