CU Commons Copyright Policies

Responsibilities of the Author/Creator

Before submitting work to CU Commons, the author/creator should investigate whether permissions and clearances are required to share the work. If such permissions are required, it is the responsibility of the author/creator to obtain them. No additional paperwork is required; the submission itself acts as confirmation that permission has been received.

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Responsibilities of the University Library

The University Library does not review for compliance with copyright law the content of scholarly or creative materials that are submitted to CU Commons. Materials submitted are deemed to be in compliance by the submitter. However, if the Library becomes aware of an infringing work, we reserve the right to take it down and inform the author(s)/creator(s) of the decision (see “Take-Down Policy”).

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Rights and Terms of Use for Material Posted in CU Commons

These terms of use apply to any works without a Creative Commons license (see below).

For previously published works (journal articles, book chapters, etc.) for which the publisher retains copyright, permission has been granted (where necessary) to post this Material on CU Commons. For any use which exceeds personal use or fair use, permission may be required by the copyright owner of the Material (see "Comments" section in the Material record).

For theses, dissertations, or other previously unpublished scholarly or creative works, the right to download or print any portion of this Material is granted by the copyright owner only for personal or educational use. The author/creator retains all proprietary rights, including copyright ownership. Any editing, other reproduction or other use of this Material by any means requires the express written permission of the copyright owner.

Except as provided above, or for any other use that is allowed by fair use (Title 17, §107 U.S.C.), you may not reproduce, republish, post, transmit or distribute any Material from this web site in any physical or digital form without the permission of the copyright owner of the Material.

For information about how to work with publishers to retain your copyright, please read through the guidelines created by SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition.

Inquiries regarding further use of these materials should be addressed to: CU Commons Rights, FWJ Sylwester Library, Concordia University, 2811 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211, (503) 280-8507. Email inquiries may be directed to .

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Creative Commons-Licensed Works Posted in CU Commons

For works posted in CU Commons that display a Creative Commons license in their record and/or on the work itself, the use of that work is governed by the terms of the license selected by the content creator.

For more information about Creative Commons licenses, or to license your own work, please visit

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CU Commons Take-Down Policy

For previously published full-text materials (e.g. journal articles), the creator(s) affirm that appropriate permissions and clearances were obtained before submitting the work, in compliance with copyright holders' stated policies.

For unpublished materials (e.g. student coursework, theses/dissertations, faculty or student conference presentations, etc.) assurances are received from the creator(s) during the submission process that, if necessary, permission has been obtained from owners of third-party copyrighted materials included in the unpublished work. In the instance of a mediated submission wherein a formal submission agreement is not received, it is assumed that the creator of the work is not knowingly submitting infringing material.

The Library fully supports the right of our community members to make fair use of copyrighted materials (as outlined in Section 107 of Title 17 U.S. Code) in the creation of their own works. CU Commons administrators will not make a fair use determination of submitted work; such a determination is considered to be the responsibility of the creator(s). However, in instances when it is readily and reasonably apparent that copyright law would be violated by posting a work, CU Commons administrators may request that the creator(s) obtain permission from any relevant copyright holder(s).

Take-Down Requests

Persons who have questions, or who believe that their copyrights have been infringed upon by the posting of material to CU Commons, may contact the administrators at: CU Commons Rights, FWJ Sylwester Library, Concordia University, 2811 NE Holman Street, Portland, OR 97211, (503) 280-8507. Email inquiries may be directed to: .

Requests to remove materials from CU Commons should include:

1. A physical or electronic signature of the owner, or authorized agent of the owner, of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

2. Clear identification of the copyrighted work(s) claimed to have been infringed.

3. Clear identification of the material in CU Commons that is claimed to be infringing, including the URL(s).

4. Information reasonably sufficient to permit the University Library to contact the complaining party, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an electronic mail address at which the complaining party may be contacted.

5. A statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.

6. A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and if applicable, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

The University Library will respond to all questions or requests within one business day. If, within that timeframe, the Library is not able to determine that the use of the work in question is lawful, access to the work through CU Commons will be removed.

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Adapted from Pacific University’s CommonKnowledge Copyright Policies page.