Welcome to Copyright Perspectives
Update: We are working on completely overhauling this site to provide updated information, course-related instruction, and training for the Penn State Community. If you have questions feel free to contact the PSU Copyright Officer (email address: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Intellectual property issues are not black and white. Your ability to copy and use the work of other people is a complex mix of many factors such as: what the media is, why you are using it, when the media was created, how much you are using, what the copyright owner wants people do do with his/her work, and the potential market value of the product.
This site was created to help students make sound decisions about the way they use media. Since intellectual property laws and guidelines are so complex and hotly debated, this site provides news and links to various perspectives on these issues.
None of the information on this Web site is intended to be legal advice. Please be thoughtful about your use of copyrighted work, but realize that there are conditions under which you are permitted to use copyrighted materials, especially if you are using them for non-commercial educational purposes. In addition, if you would like others to use materials that you produce, you can release them under a Creative Commons license.