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Copyright & Intellectual Property

St. Catherine University is committed to fostering a community where faculty members, staff and students engage in learning, professional growth, scholarship and research that contribute to: opportunities for students, excellence of academic programs, academic reputation for excellence, the public good, and the strength of the institution.

St. Catherine University maintains policies for copyright and intellectual property.

Using Copyrighted Works

Using Copyrighted Works in the Classroom with Leganto

Leganto Reading Lists are how we maintain copyright compliance, so if you want to use works in your classroom that we don't have access to in the library, you'll need to add them to a Leganto Reading List so we can pay copyright fees.

Visit the Leganto Reading Lists page for more information on getting started with Leganto.

For information about copyright in relation to fair use, classroom copying, and course management systems, refer to the St. Catherine University Intellectual Property Policy, but you may also be able to make some judgments on your own by thinking of the four factors of fair use.

Fair Use

All four of these factors must be weighed and taken into consideration when determining fair use:

  • The purpose and character of the use
    • Is it for educational purposes or for profit?
  • The nature of the copyrighted work
    • Is the work you're using non-fiction or fiction?
  • The amount and/or substantiality of the portion taken
    • Are you using a small portion of the work or the majority of it?
  • The effect of the use on the market value of the work
    • Will your use of this work harm the publisher's or author's value in the marketplace?

For more information on fair use and copyright, view some of the resources below.