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Typically, the creator of materials owns copyright for those materials. While Special Collections owns the physical materials in our care, we do not necessarily own the copyright, unless it has been transferred to us by the creator. Permission to publish materials can only be granted by the copyright holder.

In most cases, Special Collections does not hold the copyright to its materials and cannot grant or deny permission to use them. You are solely responsible for determining the copyright status of any materials you may wish to use, to investigate the owner of the copyright, and to obtain permission for your intended use. We ask that you cite Special Collections as the source of the materials with the appropriate credit line provided at the bottom of this page.

While we are happy to share any information that we have regarding copyright holders for materials in our collections, we are unable to do any additional research regarding rights information and do not facilitate requests for permission.

If you have more information pertaining to the copyright of any of our materials, we would appreciate hearing from you. Please contact specialcollections@middlebury.edu.

Researching Copyright

Please refer to the U.S. Copyright Office guidelines on How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work.

Public Domain

Special Collections welcomes you to use materials in the public domain. For help identifying what is and is not in the public domain, see this chart, published by Cornell University.

Fair Use

The United States copyright law contains an exception for fair use of copyrighted materials, which includes the use of materials for purposes of teaching, scholarship, research, criticism, and news reporting. For guidelines on the fair use exception, refer to the United States Copyright Office.

Crediting Middlebury College Special Collections

We ask that you cite Middlebury College with the credit line below:

Middlebury College Special Collections, Middlebury Vermont

For more help formatting citations, visit the Middlebury Libraries Citation and Style Guide.

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