University Copyright Assistance Office Expands Mission

Posted: November 1, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The mission and role of the Copyright Assistance Office has been expanded to provide guidance and assistance on copyright and fair use issues. The office staff can advise the university community in areas such as classroom teaching and technology, online courses, distance education, university publications, university web sites, networked library collections and services, electronic course reserves, electronic database licensing, and digital theses and dissertations. Reflecting this expanded academic support mission, the office is now an administrative unit of the University Libraries.

“[The office personnel] will work closely with the library and legal affairs to promote education and compliance with copyright law and university licensing agreements and to ensure that students, faculty, and staff are aware of their responsibilities, rights, and benefits regarding fair use,” says Rosemary Chase, head of the Copyright Assistance Office. The office serves as the resource center for copyright and fair use issues and matters related to educational and research uses of copyrighted materials. In addition, its staff conducts copyright workshops and training sessions for the university’s academic community.

George Mason is among the first institutions in the United States to recognize the need to provide faculty, students, and staff with expert and dedicated support in this complex area of law. The Copyright Office will remain in its present location on the first floor of the Johnson Center, Rooms 120 and 121. A web site will soon be developed outlining the copyright services and resources available to the university community. For more information, contact the Copyright Office at x32562.

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