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The Nyack/ATS Libraries welcome you to the Copyright Research Guide.  This guide was created to aid you in your understanding of Copyright Law, Fair use Guidelines and Public Domain. Your feedback is welcome and greatly appreciated.  We are here to serve your research needs. While copyright law may seem difficult and complex, students and faculty should understand basic copyright law and fair use. Failure to comply with copyright law can lead to substantial legal penalties.



United States Constitution

Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8 of the United States Constitution empowers the United States Congress:

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.

For more information please see

For more information on the discussion and historical context surrounding the inclusion of this clause in the Constitution, please see



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