Rights & Permissions
Permission to examine materials will be granted to researchers upon completion of a registration form.
Special Collections and University Archives will consider requests for limited photoduplication of material when such duplication can be done without injury to the material and/or does not violate copyright or donor restrictions. A photocopy or digital image may not be further reproduced. Supplying a copy or digital image is not an authorization to publish.
Warning Regarding Copyright Restrictions
The Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) governs the making of photocopies or reproductions of copyrighted materials. Under certain conditions specified in the law, libraries and archives are authorized to furnish a photocopy or other reproduction. One of these specified conditions is that the photocopy or reproduction is not to be "used for any purpose other than private study, scholarship, or research." If a user makes a request for, or later uses, a photocopy or reproduction for purposes in excess of "fair use," that user may be liable for copyright infringement. This institution reserves the right to refuse a copying order, if in its judgment, fulfillment of the order would involve violation of copyright law.
Stony Brook University Libraries’ consent as the physical owner of the materials accessed does not address copyright issues that may affect publication rights. It is the sole responsibility of the user of Special Collections and University Archives materials to investigate the copyright status of any given work and to seek and obtain permission where needed prior to an distribution or publication.
Permission to examine material is not authorization to publish. A separate written application for permission to publish must be submitted. Where Stony Brook University does not hold copyright interests, permission to publish must be obtained from the holder of the copyright interests. Researchers who plan the eventual publication of their work should inquire as to restrictions on publication before beginning their research.
In granting permission to publish, the University does not surrender its own right thereafter to publish any of the materials from its collections, nor does it grant permission for more than one-time use.
When citing documents, researchers should credit Special Collections and University Archives as the custodian of the collection. The following is a citation is suggested: "Name of collection, box number (if applicable), Special Collections, Stony Brook University Libraries."
The Teach Act: Fair Use and Copyright Protection of Digital Media
"Chapter 1 - Subject Matter and Scope of Copyright" by Cornell University Law School
United States Copyright Office
WATCH: a database of copyright contacts for writers, artists, and prominent figures in other creative fields by the Harry Ransom Center and the University of Reading Library