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Test Your Knowledge with the Copyright Quiz!

A faculty member would like his students to read an article from a peer-reviewed journal that he has found within the Library’s electronic databases.  He downloads the PDF version of the article onto his computer and posts it into his course on Blackboard.  Is this permissible? 

Faculty, staff, and even students are faced with situations raising copyright concerns every day, and this scenario is a common one.  How well do you think you understand copyright law?  This feature presents various scenarios, some in which you may have asked yourself and others that you may not have ever even thought about.  The purpose of the copyright quiz is to test your knowledge and educate you about different situations that you may be faced with at some point in time.  With this being said, you may be waiting in great anticipation to learn the answer to the above question:  Is this permissible?  Most license agreements of electronic databases do not allow copying of PDF files and then reposting them onto a course content management system.  However, they do allow the posting of direct links to the article within the database, which is why many times the direct link, or permalink, is available.  This also ensures royalties to be made to the copyright holder every time the article is accessed.

To test your knowledge, take the quiz!

Interested in learning more about copyright?  Check out the Bellevue University Library’s Copyright Center which will provide you with a wealth of information to help you get started.  If in doubt about needing to get permission, it is always best to ask.  Feel free to email us at or submit a request for a class through the Copyright Permission Request Form.  As always, thank you for supporting the Bellevue University Library!