The purpose of this guide is to provide information to faculty, staff, and students at Wheaton College about how to comply with U.S. copyright law.

Knowing the law and applying it in good faith enables us to exercise with confidence the rights we have as users of copyrighted works. This exercise enables our academic and campus life to flourish. Knowing the law also helps those of us who are authors and creators to understand and manage our own copyrights.

Unless a footnote states otherwise, all quotations in this guide are taken from the U.S. Copyright Act, Title 17, U.S. Code, as amended. The full text of the Act is available at

This guide was not written or reviewed by a lawyer. It provides a lay understanding of complex legal matters. For help in specific circumstances, please consult one of the people named below, who will seek legal advice as necessary.

General queries:

Lisa Richmond, Director of Library and Archives, 630.752.5101,

Schoology (course management software):

Steven Park, Academic and Institutional Technology, 630.752.7383,

Course packs:

Copy Center (in Bookstore), 630.752.5111,

Digital Millennium Copyright Agent for Wheaton College:

Terry Huttenlock, Buswell Library, 630.752.5352,

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