McQuade Library will not knowingly publish works that violate U.S. copyright law. However, the ultimate responsibility to honor copyright rules and regulations lies with you, the author. If you use whole materials (images, video, audio, etc.) in your work that are protected by copyright, you must obtain permission from the copyright holder to republish them in your own work. Citing a source is not the same as obtaining copyright permission. [Note: it is acceptable to cite portions of text from a larger work. You do not need to seek copyright permission to use quotations in your paper, for example.]
Often, there is a difference between using copyrighted material in an assignment you turn in for a class and republishing copyrighted material on the web. What is acceptable in your coursework may not be legal to publish in Merrimack ScholarWorks. Please speak with us about specific instances – librarians are available to consult with you about your rights and responsibilities.
When is it acceptable merely to cite your source, and when do you need to obtain copyright permission to use a source? It depends! Here are some common examples:
If you have additional questions about these procedures, contact us.