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The North Carolina Collection will not knowingly provide copies in violation of United States Copyright Law. When queried, the North Carolina Collection will inform patrons of issues relating to the use of particular images for which it may have knowledge.

The United States Copyright Office provides information about the Copyright Law and associated issues.

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is an international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. IFLA’s Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters (CLM) maintains an extensive inventory of on-line resources relating to copyright and intellectual property.

Laura N. Gasaway, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, maintains a web page entitled, "When U.S. Works Pass into the Public Domain" that is useful for determining when copyright expires.

Users of reproductions from the North Carolina Collection Photographic Archives, however, are ultimately responsibile for satisfying the requirements of copyright law, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity, trademarks and licensing, and all other issues that may arise in the copying and in the use of images, and are also responsible for obtaining all necessary permissions pertaining to use.