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Copyright information for educators


General Information

  • 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.

Fair Use

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.

Course Sites and Other Webpages

Obtaining Permission to Use Copyrighted Works for Educational Use

Digital Millenium Copyright Act

The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) extends protection to colleges and universities as "online service providers."

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