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Basic Copyright Information
U.S. Copyright Office
"The Copyright Office is an office of record, a place where claims to copyright are registered and where documents relating to copyright may be recorded when the requirements of the copyright law are met. The Copyright Office furnishes information about the provisions of the copyright law and the procedures for making a registration or recordation."
U.S. Copyright Information Circulars and Forms
"Link to the circulars and factsheets providing basic information about registration, fees, compulsory licenses, and other aspects of the copyright process."
Crash Course in Copyright
An excellent resource if you want to learn more about copyright. Georgia Harper from the University of Texas Libraries is responsible for the course content which is updated on a regular basic and licensed under Creative Commons.
10 Big Myths about copyright explained
Brad Templeton presents the "10" common myths regarding copyright.
University of Minnesota has put together an extensive website on copyright and fair use. The site includes information about copyright and your own works which ties into our section on Author Rights linked from this LibGuide.
Know Your Copy Rights
A project of the Association of Research Libraries providing useful information on using copyrighted material in an academic setting.
Guidelines for Best Practice
"The code identifies eight situations that represents the library community's current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials and how those rights should apply in certain recurrent situations." Click on Code of Best Practices in Fair Use and Academic and Research Libraries to download the document.
"Created by the International Communication Association. Helps U.S. communication scholars to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use."
"A code of best practices that helps educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use."
"A code of best practices designed to help those preparing OpenCourseWare (OCW) to interpret and apply fair use under United States copyright law."
"A code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. "
Copyright for Instructors
Duke University's FAQs and Best Practices for Copyright in the Classroom
A very thorough discussion in the form of FAQ that answers questions such as "What are the guidelines for classroom copying?", "How can I use the PDF and HTML files from e-journals?", "Can I show a video in class?" and "What does it mean to seek permission to use copyrighted materials?"
Copyright Resources for Librarians
Copyright in the Library
Copyright issues affecting the digital library.
Stanford University Libraries
Organized set of links to materials relating to copyright and fair use.
The 108 Spinner
Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code allows libraries & archives, under certain circumstances, to make reproductions of copyrighted materials with the permission of the copyright holder. The 108 Spinner created by Michael Brewer and the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy will help you decide if your reproduction is covered by Section 108 and gather the necessary information to support your use of the exception.