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Copyright guidelines, resources to determine fair use, and current news.
Last Updated: Oct 29, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Copyright Interactive Tools

  • Copyright Exceptions for Instructors eTool
    The U.S. Copyright Code provides for the educational use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder under certain conditions. Use this free online tool to find out if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law. This tool can also help you collect information detailing your educational use and provide you with a summary in PDF format.
  • The Copyright Genie
    OK, so the Copyright Genie can't grant copyright wishes, but it can take the magic out of copyright by:
    1.) Helping you find out if a work is covered by U.S. copyright
    2.) Calculating its terms of protection, and
    3.) Collecting and publishing the results (as a PDF) to save for your records or further vet with a copyright specialist.
  • Fair Use Evaluator
    This tool is designed to help you better understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code. The tool will help you collect, organize & archive the information you might need to support a fair use evaluation by providing you with a time-stamped, PDF document for your records, which could prove valuable, should you ever be asked by a copyright holder to provide your fair use evaluation and the data you used to support it.
  • Section 108 Spinner
    Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code allows libraries and archives, under certain circumstances, to make reproductions of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. This simple tool can
    1.) help you determine if your reproduction is covered by Section 108 and
    2.) collect information to support your use of the exception.

Copyright Blogs

Copyright Videos

Copyright Websites

  • American Library Association Copyright Page
    The Digital Age presents new challenges to fundamental copyright doctrines that are legal cornerstones of library services. Libraries are leaders in trying to maintain a balance of power between copyright holders and users, in keeping with the fundamental principles outlined in the Constitution and carefully crafted over the past 200 years. In this role, we closely follow both federal and state legislation and make our voices heard when our issues are moving.
  • Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office
    The Copyright Advisory Office (CAO) was established at Columbia University in January 2008, and its mission will surely evolve in the coming years. Its central function, however, is to address in an innovative, creative, and pragmatic manner the relationship between copyright law and the work of the university community. In all of our research, teaching, and service, we are constantly creating and using a rich variety of materials that are protected under copyright law.
  • Copyright Crash Course
    From University of Texas and covers:
    Copyright's role in the flow of research and teaching; Building on others' creative expression; Copyright in the library; and University administrative interests in copyright.
  • Copyright for Librarians
    The goal of the project from Harvard is to provide librarians in developing and transitional countries information concerning copyright law. More specifically, it aspires to inform librarians concerning:
    Copyright law in general
    The aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries
    How librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.
  • Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
    Need to determine if a work is in the public domain? Use this chart created by Peter Hirtle, Cornell University.
  • Know Your Copy Rights
    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.
  • Millersville University Copyright Policy
    Millersville University Copyright Policy, 1992
  • United States Copyright Office
    Copyright basics, law & policy, and how to register a work.

For Authors

  • Creative Commons
    Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
    Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving information
    SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to correct imbalances in the scholarly publishing system. Developed by the Association of Research Libraries, SPARC has become a catalyst for change. Its pragmatic focus is to stimulate the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries.
  • SPARC - For Authors
    Author addendum to your publishing agreement.

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