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Rights Statements


Rights statements have been applied based on creators and source of materials. For items with a rights statement other than a Public Domain Mark, U.S. Government Work, or South Carolina Public Record – please contact us for permission to publish items.

University of South Carolina Upstate Works

Copyright of University of South Carolina Upstate. Use of these materials beyond the exceptions provided for in the Fair Use and Educational Use clauses of the U.S. Copyright Law may violate federal law. For additional information about the collections, please contact the Archives and Special Collections by phone at 864.503.5648 or via email at

U.S. Government Works

A United States government work is prepared by an officer or employee of the United States government as part of that person’s official duties. It is not subject to copyright in the United States and there are no copyright restrictions on reproduction, derivative works, distribution, performance, or display of the work. Anyone may, without restriction under U.S. copyright laws:

  • reproduce the work in print or digital form
  • create derivative works
  • perform the work publicly
  • display the work
  • distribute copies or digitally transfer the work to the public by sale or other transfer of ownership, or by rental, lease, or lending.

Learn more about U.S. Government Works.

South Carolina Public Records

In accordance with the South Carolina State Library, works created by agencies of South Carolina state government or its subdivisions are the property of the people of the state of South Carolina, therefore considered in the public domain. This is due to South Carolina Code of Laws, Title 30, Chapter 4.  South Carolina state government works are publicly made available by the Freedom of Information Act.

Metadata Usage

University of South Carolina Upstate Libraries dedicates its metadata contributions to the public domain pursuant to a CC0 Public Domain Dedication.

[Information on this page is reused with permission from Clemson University Libraries Digital Collections.]