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Materials on the website may be protected by copyright. Any reproduction beyond fair use may require permission of the copyright owner. Individuals who reproduce information from the website are solely responsible for obtaining any necessary permissions.
- Federal government works: Information in federal publications are not protected by copyright (17 USC 105).
- Arizona state government works: Unlike federal works, state works are not in the public domain and are protected by copyright. However, public records laws may allow reproduction in some instances. Any user intending to obtain any public records information on this website for a commercial purpose is required under Arizona law to pay a commercial fee as established by the Secretary of State's office. You must follow the procedures described in ARS § 39-121.03 in order to obtain permission to use public records for a commercial purpose. For general information on commercial fee pricing, contact the web master via email.
- AzLibrary and online publications: Articles and information in commercially published newspapers, magazines, and books accessed through commercial databases are licensed for individual use and may not be reproduced for others.
- Fair use: Federal copyright law allows for limited reproduction of copyrighted works without permission of the copyright holder for noncommercial teaching, research, scholarship, or news reporting purposes. Fair use is based on four factors: 1. the purpose and character of the use, including whether such use is of a commercial nature or is for nonprofit educational purposes; 2. the nature of the copyrighted work; 3. the amount and substantiality of the portion used in relation to the copyrighted work as a whole; and 4. the effect of the use upon the potential market for or value of the copyrighted work. (17 USC 107)
- Public domain: When copyright expires, the work falls into the public domain and may be freely reproduced. For more information, see “Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States” (http://www.copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm).
In accordance with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, individuals who believe that the Library and Archives has infringed their copyright should contact the Library and Archives by regular mail or fax (not email) at the address below. The letter should include the following information in their notification.
- The identity and location of the allegedly infringing work, including the URL and sufficient information to distinguish the work on the webpage. (For example, image on the lower left of http://www.azlibrary.gov/webpage.html identified as “Arizona sunset at the Grand Canyon.”
- Reasonably sufficient information to permit the Library and Archives to respond. An email address is preferred.
- The DMCA requires notifications to include a statement asserting the individual filing the complaint has a good faith belief that there is no legal basis for the Library and Archives use of the materials. The DMCA also requires a statement, made under the penalty of perjury, that the individual filing the complaint is the copyright owner or authorized to act on behalf of the owner.
- The notification must be signed.
- The notification should be sent to:
Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records
Attn: DMCA Complaints
1700 W. Washington, Suite 200
Phoenix AZ 85007
Or faxed to 602-256-7983, attn: DMCA Complaints
The Library and Archives reserves the right to decline requests to remove copyrighted works if it believes the use is permitted by law, if request is fraudulent, or if the request is incomplete, difficult to understand, or to verify.
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