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Not too long ago, the only familiarity most of us had with copyright was the copyright notice inside the books we read. Most faculty members would have been aware of assigning a copyright to a publisher, but this was typically an inconsequential act. Today copyright has complicated ramifications throughout academic life. You probably have an intuitive understanding of copyright's importance in the creation and distribution of creative works -- books, journal articles, electronic publications, music, movies, software, artworks, and sculpture. And you probably are aware that when you make and distribute copies of others' works to your students, or to research colleagues, it may or may not be a fair use. The options for scholarly communication have never been broader or more effective. You'll find discussion of copyright woven all through important aspects of research and teaching, such as:
the use of others' works in the classroom, in fieldwork, and the laboratory
building on the works of others to create new works
open source software development use and reuse of datasets
Creative Commons licensing
open access to research results and its acceleration of the pace of scientific discovery
the digitization of books in the public domain and digital access to works still in print as well as orphan works
the resulting opportunities to discover knowledge that's been hard to access in the past
What is copyright?
Learn about what copyright involves, including what types of works are subject to copyright protection.
Debunking copyright myths
There are lot of misconceptions about copyright. The U.S. Copyright Office debunks five of the most common ones here.
The U.S. Copyright Code provides for the educational use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder under certain conditions. To find out if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law, use this free, online tool.
Developed by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University, the Code outlines a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use for librarians in higher education.
Tools to educate libraries, librarians, and others about copyright. These include the Public Domain Slider, the Section 108 Spinner, the Fair Use Evaluator, and the Exceptions for Instructors eTool are all available online for anyone to use.
A collection of informational sheets to remind the university community of the applicability of copyright law at academic institutions. Includes: basic copyright principles, fair use doctrine, library copyright considerations, obtaining permissions, internet and electronic medium concerns, DMCA, and additional resources.
Copyright law was once an esoteric backwater, the special province of professional authors, publishers, and entertainment companies, but it now impacts everyone who uses the Internet or consumes cultural expression on a computer, mobile phone, or personal tablet. From the basis and purpose of copyright law to a glimpse at what the law could - or should - become in the digital age, Netanel offers the necessary tools for following the debates that have raged everywhere from internet forums to the halls of Congress.
This practical handbook provides a broad overview of copyright librarianship. It is written for information professionals whose area of expertise, specialization or job it is to inform and educate others about the ethical use and best practices surrounding copyrighted materials.
Here is a practical copyright handbook designed to help librarians, media specialists, technology coordinators and specialists, and teachers stay within copyright law while making copyrighted print, non-print, and Web sources available to students and others. Library educator Rebecca Butler explains fair use, public domain, documentation and licenses, permissions, violations and penalties, policies and ethics codes, citations, creation and ownership, how to register copyrights, and gives tips for staying out of trouble.
Copyright in the world of digital information is changing at a fevered pace, even as educators and librarians digitize, upload, download, draw on databases, and incorporate materials into Web-based instruction. It's essential to stay abreast of the basics of copyright law and fair use.
Much of this guide has been adapted from the University of Texas Libraries' Copyright Crash Course created by Georgia Harper. The guide can be found here: http://doi.org/10.15781/T24J09X6J