ECU faculty, staff, and students have a responsibility to use materials in compliance with US Copyright law. Copyright law might seem vague. This is because the law is written
broadly and refined by court cases, so there might only be general principles to follow rather than a definitive “right or wrong” answer.
With the easy ability to photocopy, scan, duplicate, rip, and save materials, it often seems that since something can be copied without asking permission that doing so must be okay.
This simply is not the case. Some people might also think that they can use materials they find on the Web in any fashion they choose, but just because something is viewable online
does not mean that it is free to use in any way you want.
It is important to understand the basics of copyright and how to obtain permission to use other people's works - just as you might want your works to be protected. ECU's Copyright
Officer is available for personal consultation and to make presentations to classes, departments, and groups.