Can I reproduce U.S. government works in my papers, presentations and dissertation/thesis?


A government work is generally not subject to copyright in the United States, and there is generally no copyright restriction on reproduction, derivative works, distribution, performance, or display of a government work. However, it is important to note that there are exceptions to this. Before you use a U.S. government work (image, chart, table, document, etc.), it is imperative that you check to make sure it does not fall under one of the exceptions included in the U.S. Government Copyright Guidelines.

In most circumstances, you should be within the limits of the law to reproduce government material as long as you cite it properly.

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  • Last Updated Dec 13, 2022
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  • Answered By Amanda Bezet

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