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Copyright and Fair Use  

This guide provides information on copyright and related topics for the AMBS Community. It does not supply legal advice.
Last Updated: Jan 30, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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This guide presents basic concepts of copyright for the AMBS community.  U.S. Copyright Law is found in Title 17 of the United States Code.

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FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make photocopies of an article to distribute to my classmates to read in preparation for a presentation I am making?

Making copies of a non-fiction text for a class discussion is likely within fair use if only a small amount is copied.  A single journal article or a chapter that is less than 10% of a book is generally considered to be a small amount. Be sure to include the citation.  If a larger amount is needed, please check with Eileen Saner in the library.


Origin of U.S. Copyright

The United States Constitution gives Congress the power to create copyright law in order to promote the dissemination of knowledge. “The Congress shall have the power . . . to promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries” (Article 1, Section 8). Copyright law seeks a balance between the exclusive rights of the creators and the use of created works to improve society.


AMBS Copyright Policy

It is the policy of Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary to comply with the provisions of United States copyright law.  Copyrighted materials are distributed in accordance with that law to members of the AMBS community to promote education and scholarship.  If AMBS practices are challenged by a copyright holder, access to the materials in question is suspended pending review by the AMBS Pedagogy Committee and the AMBS Administrative Cabinet.


Copyright on Campus

College professors learn the basics of copyright in less than seven minutes.

Director of Library Services and Copyright Coordinator

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Eileen Saner
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Telephone: 574-296-6233
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Concerns or Complaints?

Complaints regarding AMBS use of copyrighted materials may be sent to the Copyright Coordinator.


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