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Copyright Guidelines for Digital Collections

The digital collections of the University of Miami Libraries include material from the Cuban Heritage Collection, Special Collections, University Archives, the general Libraries' holdings, digital projects, and digital resources. These materials are available electronically for broad public access for non-commercial educational purposes and to promote scholarship. Some materials in these collections may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Act and/or by the copyright or neighboring-rights laws of other nations. With regard to copyright, copies of these materials are provided under the authority of Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act ( ) which provides for fair use.

If rights-related information is available in the Libraries' records, it has been included in the metadata for the digital object. For some items, it has not been possible to definitely identify the legal status. This is a common challenge in ascertaining the legal rights that may exist in museum, library, or archival collections. Legislation has been proposed to address this concern of so-called 'orphan' works. The US Copyright Office has published a comprehensive paper on the subject at: The University of Miami Libraries seek to provide information that is complete and accurate. We are eager to hear from any rights owners, so that we may obtain accurate information. Upon request, we'll remove material from public view while we address a rights issue.

It is the user's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions when reproducing materials found in the Libraries' collections. Requests for reproductions should be made to the department responsible for the collection. A request for reproduction may be denied if such work would damage the materials to be copied. The availability of reproductions is subject to the material's size, condition, and copyright restrictions. To learn what your responsibilities are if you'd like to use the materials, consult the policies on use and reproductions.

Copyright owners, persons with information about the materials presented, or individuals interested in reproductions or acquiring more information about the materials presented are encouraged to contact one of the specific areas below for each collection or resource.


Cuban Heritage Collection

Special Collections

University Archives

Digital Initiatives

Other materials: Access Services
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