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Copyright Information for Educators
- United States Copyright Office. Copyright basics, FAQ, publications, etc. Or, register your own work. A summary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) is available as a PDF file (69KB).
- Crash Course on Copyright (University of Texas)
- Copyright Management Center. Intended to serve the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and larger Indiana University community, this "website provides access to a wide variety of resources about copyright in general and its importance to higher education, including a variety of other pages dealing with the subject of copyright. You can learn more about the Copyright Management Center and what the CMC can do for you, about copyright policies and standards, and about copyright interpretations as applied to particular situations that a professor, librarian, or student may encounter. Topics of particular interest include fair use and distance learning."
- Copyright & Fair Use Overview. At Stanford University Libraries: "The content for the Copyright and Fair Use Overview section is from NOLO, with much of it taken from the book Getting Permission (October 2007) by Richard Stim," corporate counsel for Nolo.
Given the relative uncertainty about the meaning of fair use in the educational setting, various guidelines attempt to interpret and apply the law to common circumstances. The earliest of these guidelines emerged in 1976, and the most recent resulted from the Conference on Fair Use ("Confu") in the 1990s. None of these guidelines have the force of law, none were developed at Amherst College and policies at Amherst College do not require members of the community to adhere to any of these standards.
- Fair Use Issues. From the Copyright Management Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
- Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials. From the Crash Course on Copyright web site.
- Know Your Copy Rights. From the Association of Research Libraries: "This site looks at copyright from the perspectives of all key academic stakeholders and suggests what each group can do to enhance their copyright practices and advance academic interests." A brochure, Know Your Copy Rights—What You Can Do (© 2007 Association of Research Libraries), is available for free download in a variety of PDF formats. There is also a 2-part section of frequently asked questions.
- Regents Guide to Understanding Copyright & Educational Fair Use. From the Office of Legal Affairs at the University System of Georgia (Atlanta).
Course Sites and Other Webpages
- Websites: Five Ways to Stay Out of Trouble. From the Copyright and Fair Use Overview web site at Stanford University Libraries (see, above).
- When Works Pass Into the Public Domain. An easy to read, one page chart by Lolly Gasaway at the University of North Carolina.
Obtaining Permission to Use Copyrighted Works for Educational Use
- Copyright Clearance Center.
- Obtaining Permission to Use Copyrighted Works for Educational Use. From the Copyright Management Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).
Digital Millenium Copyright Act
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) extends protection to colleges and universities as "online service providers."
- Complying with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. From the Crash Course on Copyright web site.
The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act, 2002
- TEACH Toolkit. An "Online Resource for Understanding Copyright and Distance Education". From the Scholarly Communication & Digital Scholarship web site at North Carolina State University: "The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH Act)...updates copyright law pertaining to transmissions of performances and displays of copyrighted materials. Such transmissions are critical to current higher education distance education efforts, including online courses".
- Guide to the TEACH Act. From the Office of Legal Affairs at the University System of Georgia (Atlanta).
- The TEACH Act. From the Crash Course on Copyright web site.
- EDUCAUSE CONNECT.
Your Own Intellectual Property Rights
- Authors and Creators Rights Licensing and Resources. From the Copyright Clearance Center.
- Copyright Ownership Issues. From the Copyright Management Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) .
- Get More from Your Academic Research. From Create Change, a web site "developed by the Association of Research Libraries and SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)."
- Creative Commons. "Creative Commons defines the spectrum of possibilities between full copyright — all rights reserved — and the public domain — no rights reserved. Our licenses help you keep your copyright while inviting certain uses of your work — a “some rights reserved” copyright."
Copyright and Libraries
- Copyright at the American Library Association
- Copyright Advisory Network of the American Library Association.
- Copyright & Intellectual Property Policies at the Association of Research Libraries.
- Know Your Copy Rights. From the Association of Research Libraries.
- Center for Intellectual Property at the University of Maryland University College. Visit ©ollectanea, a blog of "Collected Perspectives on Copyright".
- LibraryLaw.com. This site by Mary Minow "focuses on legal issues of interest to libraries, such as copyright, privacy and the First Amendment."