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The purpose of this guide is to provide information to faculty, staff, and students at Wheaton College about how to comply with U.S. copyright law and in the use of published and other copyrighted materials.

Knowing the law and applying it in good faith enable us to exercise with confidence the rights we have as users of copyrighted works. This exercise enables our academic and campus life to flourish. Knowing the law also helps those of us who are authors and creators to understand and manage our own copyrights.

Unless a footnote states otherwise, all quotations in this guide are taken from the U.S. Copyright Act, Title 17, U.S. Code, as amended. The full text of the Act is available at

This guide provides a general overview of complex legal matters. For help in specific circumstances, please consult one of the contacts named below, who will seek legal advice as necessary.

General queries:

Steve Oberg, Library, x5852,

Learning Management System (LMS):

Academic and Institutional Technology (AIT) Service Desk, x4357,

Digital Millennium Copyright Agent for Wheaton College:

Steve Oberg, Library, x5852,