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The Constitutional Provision Respecting Copyright:

"The Congress shall have Power ... To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries."
-- United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8




As an academic institution whose primary purpose is the creation, discovery, and dissemination of knowledge, Marquette University faculty, students and staff produce and share works in a variety of media, many of which qualify for copyright protection under U.S. law.

Further, our faculty, students and staff routinely use protected works in the pursuit of our respective academic, scholarly, and professional goals. Marquette University is committed to complying with all applicable copyright and intellectual property laws which balance a copyright owner's exclusive rights in protected works with the public's ability to use those same works.

Within its mission of teaching, learning, and research, Marquette University adheres to U.S. copyright law and as such, it is the responsibility of all members of the university community to make a good faith determination that their use of copyrighted material complies with the law.

The University's commitment includes supporting the full exercise of the rights accorded to users of copyrighted works under the "Fair Use" provision of federal copyright law.