Your rights and responsibilities regarding photocopies and digital Images from Rauner Special Collections Library
1) The copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) allows us to provide a research copy of any work in our collections, published or unpublished, in whole or in part, for personal, one-time use by a researcher unless forbidden by law, by Deed of Gift, or by other instrument of transmittal. Compliance with copyright law in the use of a photocopy or reproduction provided by Special Collections is the responsibility of the user.
2) When we fulfill a request for copies, we do so as the physical owners of the original materials. You should be aware that (a) the copies are for your own research use; (b) in most cases, we do not control the copyright; (c) you bear the responsibility for obtaining such permissions (if any) as may be necessary to use the copy for other purposes; and (d) you bear responsibility for determining whether and to what extent it is permissible to copy from the work under the doctrine of fair use.
3) When practical, we will try to facilitate contact between a researcher and copyright holder by sending a message to the copyright holder requesting that we release contact information. When we know a copyright holder does not object to having his or her contact information released, we can provide the contact information directly to the researcher.
4) If you desire to publish, exhibit, or broadcast copies of materials from our collections, you will need to complete a Permission to Publish Contract. This form does not grant copyright permission, which researchers are responsible for obtaining, but it assures that Rauner Special Collections Library is properly credited as the physical owner of the item in question. Where space allows, please include the line: "Rauner Special Collections Library, Dartmouth College Library." Where space is limited, the shorter credit "Dartmouth College Library" is acceptable.
You may find the following web sites helpful for learning more about copyright law and fair use:
- The Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center at the University of Texas at Austin WATCH (Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders) database
- Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States, courtesy of Peter B. Hirtle at Cornell University
- Chicago Manual of Style, 15th Edition (available through subscription Dartmouth students, faculty and staff)