Copyright law attempts to strike a balance between protecting the rights of authors/creators and protecting the need for public access to information and ideas.
The work of the University involves accessing, building upon, and sharing information in order to create new knowledge. Thus, copyright affects much of what we do, for example:
This guide is designed as a basic informational resource for the NMSU community. It is not a substitute for legal advice, but it does provide a framework for understanding and working with legal issues, including lawfully using and sharing copyrighted works, as well as protecting our own creative works.