The public domain includes works that are not protected by copyright and are available for use by the public. For example, works that are created by the United States government are in the public domain. Additionally, works enter the public domain after the expiration of their copyright. As such, works published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, and works published before 1964 are in the public domain if the copyright holder did not renew the copyright.
A good tool to determine whether a work is in the public domain was created by the Office of Information Technology Policy of the American Library Association. It is linked in the Fair Use & TEACH Act Resources tab of this guide.
Photocopies or Scanned Images Made with Campus Copiers
There is a notice of copyright law on the photocopiers on campus. Please take time to read the notice and the copyright section on fair use before making photocopies of copyrighted material:
NOTICE: The copyright law of the United States (title 17 U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or other reproductions of copyrighted material. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be “used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research.” If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of “fair use,” that user may be liable for copyright infringement. The University reserves the right to refuse to accept a copying order if, in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.