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MSU Statement On Using Copyrighted Materials

Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. Civil and criminal remedies may be imposed for violations of an author's copyright interests. Michigan State University is committed to obeying copyright law.

Obtain Copyright Permission

Beginning in August 2016, the Course Materials Program assists in obtaining permissions for MSU affiliated persons. If you already have a Copyright Permissions Center account, you can login below, otherwise click here to create an account.

There is a $25 per hour fee for processing permission requests. Please provide account information as requested in the form. This fee enables the Library to:

  • Consult with you about selections that can be Stable Linked, saving your department royalty fees
  • On your behalf, broker licenses and seek payment for resultant royalties/fees from your department easily
  • Connect you to librarians for additional assistance or materials acquisition

Grant Copyright Permission

Copyright holders or faculty members who wish to contact rights holders themselves are asked to use one of the following forms and to send a copy to the Digital & Multimedia Center. We serve as a central location for permissions records for all types of MSU publications except course packs and MSU Press titles.

Permissions Contact Info:

If you have questions about copyright permissions, please contact:
Tyler Smeltekop
Phone: (517) 884-6468

Library Office of Copyright

The purpose of the Library Office of Copyright is to act as a centralized reference point for members of the MSU community for information and guidance on copyright and cloud computing policy as it applies to teaching, learning, and research. The Office of Copyright will strive to educate the MSU community about copyright law and compliance through online tutorials, in-person workshops, consultations, and many other activities. The Office is comprised of Amy Blair (Copyright Librarian) and Lynne Woods (Copyright Consultant). If you need any assistance with copyright, please contact the Office of Copyright at or 517-884-1960.

Questions regarding intellectual property can be directed to:

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