Fair Use and Copyright Statement

The Briscoe Center for American History makes digital versions of archival resources available on the Dan Rather: American Journalist project website in the following situations:

  • We make copyrighted text and media accessible for education and research purposes as a legal fair use according to Section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law
  • The Briscoe Center has permission from rights holders to make them accessible,
  • The rights are owned by the Briscoe Center,
  • There are no known restrictions on use (e.g. orphan works), OR
  • They are in the public domain.

The digitized collections on the Dan Rather: American Journalist project website are made accessible to the public strictly for noncommercial educational and research purposes. Inclusion in the collection does not mean that the works are in the public domain. They may still be protected by copyright. Please note that some media are displayed under the exemptions for fair use outlined in Section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law, which allows limited use of copyrighted material without permission from the copyright holder for comment, criticism, teaching, and private scholarship. Subsequently, items displayed on this website may be subject to copyright restrictions; their display on this website is NOT an indication of their clearance for other uses by online readers and archives patrons. We would be happy to hear from any reader who has information about a work in the collection. A reader who has any concerns about a work in the collection should feel free to contact us. Upon request, the Briscoe Center will remove copyrighted materials from public view while rights issues are addressed.

Due to the nature of archival collections, we are not always able to identify rights information. Responsibility for making an independent legal assessment and securing any necessary permissions ultimately rests with persons desiring to use particular items in the context of the intended use. All users assume full responsibility for any infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.

Learn more about U.S. copyright law at https://www.copyright.gov/.