Copyright, Fair Use & Open Access

Tisch provides a variety of services related to copyright and publishing. Some of the areas we can help with include:

Copyright and fair use

We can help you answer questions about using others’ work in your coursework, research, and teaching, or about your rights to your own work. Learn more about copyright from the Tufts Scholarly Communications Team.

If you’d like to incorporate images, text, video, or other material created by someone else in your work without requesting permission, you should consider a four factor fair use analysis. Read more about the four factors, or use this handy checklist from Columbia.

For questions about copyright to your work created as a Tufts faculty member, student, or staff member, visit the Tufts Policy on Rights and Responsibilities with Respect to Intellectual Property.

If you're writing a thesis or dissertation, you can find answers to questions about copyright and embargoes in our FAQ for Dissertation and Thesis writers.

Online teaching

If you’re teaching online this semester, the TEACH Act provides guidelines for using copyrighted material in your course. Read more about the TEACH Act, or use this checklist from the University of Texas to see if your use falls under the Act.

Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses are public copyright licenses that grant specific levels of permission for reuse of a work without having to ask the creator for permission.

If you're a creator of a work, assigning a Creative Commons license tells others exactly how they can use your work and contributes to the spread of information and creation of new knowledge. Find out more about the licenses.

You can find images, video, music, articles, and more with Creative Commons licenses to use in your work. Wikimedia Commons is one source for images, sounds, and videos.

Publishing and open access

Tisch can help you find a place to publish or share your work, evaluate an author’s contract, measure the impact of your publications, and pay article processing charges (APCs). Find out more on our Scholarly Publishing guide.

Contribute Your Scholarship to the Tufts Digital Library

Many author’s agreements now allow you to deposit a pre-print or accepted manuscript version of an article into an institutional repository. To increase access & visibility for your work, consider contributing your published scholarship, along with unpublished content such as conference papers & working papers, to the Tufts Digital Library (TDL). Learn more about sharing your work via the TDL.

Open Educational Resources (OER)

Open Educational Resources (OER) are “teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or have been released under an open license that permits no-cost access, use, adaptation and redistribution by others with no or limited restrictions” (UNESCO).

OER are one way to address textbook unaffordability by providing high quality, free alternatives. They also allow instructors to reuse, remix, and create course material that is directly tailored to their teaching. Visit our Textbook Affordability & Open Educational Resources (OER) subject guide to find sources for OER, resources for teaching with OER, and to learn more about how Tisch can support your work in this area.

Tisch also offers awards to provide financial support for faculty & instructors in the Schools of Arts, Sciences & Engineering who are interested in adopting or creating OER for their classes. Find out more about the Tisch OER Awards.

Get in touch!

Contact Andrea Schuler, Digital Collections Librarian, for general copyright & publishing questions, or get in touch directly with your subject librarian.

We can also offer workshops for your class, lab, or department on any of these topics.

Visit Scholarly Communication at Tufts for more in-depth information about these topics.


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