Understanding Copyright in the Digital Environment: Part 2

Cathy Sarli, MLS, AHIP & Michael Valente, PhD

Editor’s Note: Today’s post is Part 2 of Understanding Copyright in the Digital Environment, by Cathy Sarli and Michael Valente. The authors help us navigate a pervasive problem in our modern digital world: knowing when it’s okay (and when it isn’t) to re-use materials found online. 

The information and examples found in today’s post applies to students, as well as professionals in academics, clinical practice, and nearly any industry.{{1}}[[1]]The information provided is not intended to serve as legal guidance or advice–readers are encouraged to consult legal counsel for advice on a specific issue or situation they may be encountering.[[1]]

By Cathy Sarli and Michael Valente

In a continued discussion of recommended practices when reusing print and digital works, a series of examples are provided in the table below for reference.







Cathy C. Sarli, MLS, AHIP, is the Senior Librarian of Evaluation Services for the Translational Research Support Division at Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. She specializes in evaluation of scholarly productivity and impact, publishing issues, copyright and compliance with public access mandates such as the NIH Public Access Policy. Cathy serves as the project lead for The Becker Model for Assessment of Research Impact and is a member of the Tracking and Evaluation Team for the Washington University Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS).

Michael Valente, Ph.D., is Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology and Director of Adult Audiology at Washington University School of Medicine. In his position, Mike is active in the clinic two days a week, conducts research, teaches a graduate course in amplification and administers the Division of Adult Audiology. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1975.  His interests include spending time with his beautiful wife Maureen who is Director of Audiology Studies at Program in Audiology and Communication Sciences (PACS) at Washington University. Mike enjoys travel, jogging, and reading (non-fiction).


*featured image courtesy Wikimedia Commons


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