Copyright protects creative works. However, the manner in which people protect and want their stuff used is changing. This guide will help readers (particularly undergraduate students) understand how copyright affects them as both user and creator. Guide visitors can also learn about new ways creators and users are sharing creative works fairly.
Get some introductory information on plagiarism and safe downloading. Use this is a starting point to start thinking about how copyright really can affect how you prepare assignments and enjoy music and videos online!
Information about specific copyright laws and statutes from CopyrightLaws.com.
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Downloading and Copyright
If you download music, a TV show, a movie, or anything else widely distributed online that you would typically be asked to pay for, be aware of copyright. Here are some alternatives to illegally downloading media, which you can access as a CUA student:
The D.C. Public Library's website features links to free music, audiobook, e-book, and video download sites that you can access using your public library account. Find out what your local public library has to offer!
Unlimited access to nearly 10,000 tiles including feature films, independent films, and documentaries. The titles cover a broad range of topics and genres. Titles that are not in CU’s collection may be requested by faculty members who have assigned a film as required for an entire class. Kanopy’s viewing platform makes it easy to watch, share and discuss films across our campus and at your own convenience.
The Naxos Music Library is a sound-streaming service including the complete recordings of the Naxos label and others. It includes classical music (ancient times to the present), jazz, world music, folk, historical recordings and more. In addition to 85,000 tracks, which can be compiled into personal playlists for classes, the service contains extensive biographical information on composers and artists and notes on the works.