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Copyright at GUMC

This page is designed to help GUMC faculty, staff, and students make informed decisions about rights and responsibilities when creating and using copyright protected materials.

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Copyright at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC)

If you are a member of the Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) community and have questions or need more information about copyright, fair use, or other related topics, please feel free to contact DML Resources.  

Copyright Law

Copyright is world-wide, ubiquitous, and effects all of us. In the digital age, copyright laws help to balance the rights and responsibilities of both users & creators.  According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO (the leading international copyright organization) "copyright (or author’s right) is a legal term used to describe the rights that creators have over their literary and artistic works. Works covered by copyright range from books, music, paintings, sculptures, and films, to computer programs, databases, advertisements, maps, and technical drawings" (WIPO publications).


Please go to the Copyright Act homepage in order to view a summary of the Copyright Act. 

Using the Works of Others

Copyright and Video Use available for GUMC:

One of an author’s exclusive economic rights is to perform a work publicly. That includes playing audio visual works like movies.

They have the right to “Transmit or otherwise communicate a performance of copyrighted work to public by means of any device or process, whether members of the public capable of receiving performance, receive it at same place or separate places and at same or different times." (US Copyright Office, Title 17)

  • Where movies are defined as images in any sequence or making accompanying sounds audible.
  • Where the public is defined as any place where a substantial number of persons outside a circle of family and friends can gather.


Fair Use:

4 Fair Use Factors

  1. Purpose and Character of Use
  2. Nature of the Work
  3. Amount or Substantiality of the work
  4. Effect of the use on the market


Creative Commons:

Using a Creative Commons license is an alternative way to alert users to what they can or cannot do with the work. 

There are six different Creative Commons licenses available to users. It is good to be familiar with what the different licenses mean and what they look like. 


Requesting Permission:


Copyright and Image Use available for GUMC


Responsible Use of Electronic Resources


Prior to publishing a journal article, anatomical image, book chapter, or other work, it is recommended that the author take steps to fully understand what they may or may not do with their work once it is published. Once an author publishes, they may or may not retain rights to their work. 

Creator rights -discusses economic rights, digital rights, moral rights, and Creative Commons

Author rights-goes into greater detail about economic, digital, and moral rights

Open Access
Images for GUMC and publishing

DML Resources Profile

DML Resource Access

With current Georgetown NetID credentials, access to the Dahlgren Memorial Library (DML) health & life sciences resources is available as follows: 

For Georgetown University Medical Center affiliates: Login from any on or off campus location

For Georgetown University Main, Law, and Qatar affiliates: Login from the computer in the DML Lobby. 

Responsible Use of Electronic Resources-The Responsible Use of Electronic Resources governs the use of DML's resources.