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How to notify us about copyright concerns

The MIT Libraries are highly respectful of intellectual property rights and make every effort to ensure that we have appropriate rights to provide online access to our digital collections. Every effort is made to assess the copyright status of all materials and to ensure that the Libraries’ use is in full compliance with U.S. copyright law. In some instances, however, rights status may be difficult or impossible to determine.

If you are a rights holder and are concerned that you have found material available in MIT Libraries digital collections without your permission, and believe our inclusion of this material violates your rights (e.g. inclusion is not covered by Fair Use or another exemption to a copyright holder’s rights), please contact

When contacting us, the more information you can supply, the more responsive we can be. It is particularly helpful if you include the following:

  • Your contact information (including email address, postal address, and phone),
  • Exact URL where you found the material,
  • Details that describe the material (title, collection name, number of items, etc.),
  • The reason why you believe that your rights have been violated, with any pertinent documentation,
  • A statement that you in good faith believe that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law, and
  • A statement that the information in your notification is accurate and that you are the rights holder or are authorized to act on behalf of the owner.