Policy Title

Copyright Policy


In recognition of its mission to further teaching, learning and research and engage in public service, Winthrop University is committed to fostering an environment that provides for the fair use of copyrighted works to achieve these goals while remaining in compliance with applicable laws. University users of copyrighted works are accorded the rights and privileges pursuant to 17 U.S.C. §§107 (Fair Use), 108 (Reproduction by Libraries and Archives), 109 (First Sale Doctrine and Transfers), 110 (Teaching Exception) and other statutory exemptions and limitations to the exclusive rights granted to the owner of a copyright protected work. While the University does not intend to unduly restrict the use of works otherwise permitted under law, it is the policy of Winthrop University to comply with federal copyright law and all related law codified at 17 U.S.C. §101 et seq.


All faculty, staff, and students must adhere to University copyright policy and are expected to seek consultation and advice from the Dean of Library Services when using the copyrighted works of others. It is the policy of the University to inform and educate faculty, students, and staff regarding federal copyright law, the rights of copyright owners, the legal obligation of the University to comply with applicable law, and the rights of the University community to use copyrighted works

Policy Number:
Effective Date:04/01/2006
Date Reviewed: 08/01/2006
Last Review Date:
Responsible Official: Copyright Committee
Responsible Office: Academic Affairs
Contact Information:

Academic Affairs

115 Tillman Hall

Rock Hill, SC 29733




1.0 Specific meanings of bold terms seen throughout this policy can be found within the University's policy definition glossary by following the link below.

1.1 http://www.winthrop.edu/policy-definitions-glossary

It is the policy of Winthrop University to respect the ownership of all intellectual material protected by copyright laws. The University does not condone copying instead of purchasing copyrighted works where such copying would constitute an infringement under copyright law, but it does encourage faculty to exercise good judgment in serving the best interests of students in an efficient manner. It is the policy of Winthrop University that the user (faculty, staff, student or librarian) secure permission to copy whenever it is legally necessary. The University and its faculty, staff and students will make a conscientious effort to comply with these guidelines. 

For further information on how to comply with this policy, please see the guide listed in the "Guides" section.

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Follow the copyright guidelines at http://www.winthrop.edu/copyright/copyrightfinal.pdf.

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