Brown University Copyright and Fair Use

Brown University
 Issues for Students & Copyright

Students as Consumers

Using copyrighted materials in an assignment

Students follow the same permissions and fair use guidelines as all other members of the university. Students using copyrighted materials, including printed documents, audio, video, and film need to abide by US copyright law.

To figure out whether the use you want falls under fair use, use the fair use checklist.

Using Computing Resources at Brown

Students should all be aware of Brown's policy on using computing resources at Brown.

If you have any questions, please send email to

Graduate Theses and Dissertations

In general, graduate students hold the copyright to their theses and dissertations. However, there are some restrictions and requirements which are described in the Graduate School's policy on masters theses and doctoral dissertations.