Copyright Policy

All electronic publications must follow University and legal standards regarding copyright. In general, Web publishers must secure permission from the owner of the copyright when including copyrighted or trademarked material, such as text, photographs, audio, video, graphics, maps or logos, and include a permission statement or disclaimer as required by the owner of the copyright or trademark.  Provisions of fair use can allow restricted use of copyrighted materials without permission of the copyright holder. The TEACH Act provides some extensions of fair use for distance education.

The University of Georgia Web site is an official publication of the University. Unless otherwise indicated, all text and photographs appearing on the home page or subsequent official pages linked to it are copyrighted and should not be reproduced without written permission from the Division of Marketing & Communications, (706) 542-8090.

Web sites designed, developed and maintained by the Division of Marketing & Communications are protected by copyright owned in whole or in principal part by the University of Georgia and the state of Georgia. Documents can be downloaded for reference and research purposes only. Exception: News releases and UGA facts make be downloaded and/or reproduced.

Distribution and/or alteration of information from Web sites by not-for-profit research or educational institutions for their local use is permitted as long as the following notice is kept intact and attached to the document:

  • ©2016 University of Georgia. This work may be reproduced and redistributed, in whole or in part, without alteration and without prior written permission, solely by educational institutions for non-profit administrative or educational purposes provided all copies contain the following statement: "© 2016 University of Georgia. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of the University of Georgia. No other use is permitted without the express prior written permission of the University of Georgia. For permission requests, questions, or further information, please contact news@uga.edu."

Any other distribution of copies of the document or any altered version thereof is expressly prohibited without prior written consent of the University.

Copyright notices are not required under United States law for works created after 1978 to claim copyright or the protections of copyright law. It is nonetheless useful to include a notice on all Web sites to reinforce the protected nature of works and provide information about whom to contact for permission to reproduce a work.

Sample notices from the most restrictive to the least restrictive:

  1. © 2016 University of Georgia. All rights reserved.
  2. © 2016 University of Georgia. All rights reserved. This material may not be reproduced, displayed, modified or distributed without the express prior written permission of the copyright holder. For permission, contact [insert e-mail or mailing address.]
  3. © 2016 University of Georgia. This work may be reproduced and redistributed, in whole or in part, without alteration and without prior written permission, solely by educational institutions for non-profit administrative or educational purposes provided all copies contain the following statement: "© 2016 University of Georgia. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of the University of Georgia. No other use is permitted without the express prior written permission of the University of Georgia. For permission, contact [insert e-mail or mailing address.]"
  4. © 2016 University of Georgia. This work may be reproduced and redistributed, in whole or in part, without alteration and without prior written permission, provided all copies contain the following statement: "© 2016 University of Georgia. This work is reproduced and distributed with the permission of the University of Georgia."

For more information on copyright, see the U.S. Copyright Office Web site (http://www.copyright.gov/) or review the University System of Georgia's policy on the use of copyrighted works in education and research at (http://www.usg.edu/copyright/).