The Catholic University of America

Publications, Videos, Web Tutorials

 Author Resources

Keep Your Copyrights: A Resource for Creators was developed by the Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts and the Program on Law & Technology at Columbia Law School.

Digitization Guidelines

This Mellon Foundation–funded collaborative study brings together New York University's Division of Libraries with the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation program at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and the circulating media collections of the University of California Berkeley and Loyola University (New Orleans) to collaboratively address these challenges.

Orphan Works and Mass Digitization, June 2015 Report from the Register of Copyrights

Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for US Libraries, Archives and Museums
by Peter Hirtle, Emily Hudson, and Andrew T. Kenyon published by Cornell University Library October 2009.  This document can  be downloaded by clicking the hyperlink above.


Fair Use in General

ACE and other higher education associations statement on fair use to House Committee on  Judiciary, January 2014, in favor of keeping current flexible fair use doctrine contained in Section 107 of the law.

Making Sense of Fair Use: Neil Netanel (UCLA School of Law)

Copyright on Campus: A brief video tutorial on Copyright Basics for Faculty, created by the Copyright Clearance Center

Know your Copyrights: Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Web Page on using copyrighted works in the academic setting. This is a great new resource that features questions and answers, a brochure for faculty and teaching assistants, and a section on planning campus outreach. The brochure can be purchased in print form from the ARL, but can also be accessed on the web site, and may be customized for use on your own campus pursuant to a Creative Commons license. See especially, the What you Can Do Chart.

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education: Published by American University's Center for Social Media: A  guide to fair use, issued in November 2008. The guide offers free advice to professors who wish to incorporate moving image media; sound media, images, web sites and all other types of media into their lecutures. This guide identifies five principles that represent the media literacy education community's current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials. The guide was created with the assistance of more than 150 educators, and reviewed by a panel of lawyers who are experts in fair use.

The State of Fair Use in Academia Today: Wesley D. Blakeslee, Written for a NACUA conference in 2003. Wes was prescient, as he argued back then that the *rule* that fair use could not be argued for copying the same document semester to semester made no sense. He has now been vindicated by both the judge in the Georgia State Case and in the ARL code of Best Practices.

Fine Art Images 

Copyrights and other Rights in Photographic Images by Jeremy Rowe, 2002, Arizona State University.


Illinois University Copyright Resources for Music

Indiana University Music Library

Future of Music Coalition

Legislative Change Issues

WIPO Treaty to Facilitiate Access to Published Works by Visually Impaired Persons and Persons with Print Disabilities, June 2013. 

From the English langauge version of the treaty

Article 4
National Law Limitations and Exceptions Regarding Accessible Format Copies
1. (a) Contracting Parties shall provide in their national copyright laws for a limitation or exception to the right of reproduction, the right of distribution, and the right of making available to the public as provided by the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT), to facilitate the availability of works in accessible format copies for beneficiary persons. The limitation or exception provided in national law should permit changes needed to make the work accessible in the alternative
(b) Contracting Parties may also provide a limitation or exception to the right of public performance to facilitate access to works for beneficiary persons.
2. A Contracting Party may fulfill Article 4(1) for all rights identified therein by providing a limitation or exception in its national copyright law such that:
(a) Authorized entities shall be permitted, without the authorization of the copyright rightholder, to make an accessible format copy of a work, obtain from another authorized entity an accessible format copy, and supply those copies to beneficiary persons by any means, including by non-commercial lending or by electronic communication by wire or wireless means, and undertake any intermediate steps to achieve those objectives, when all of the following conditions are met:
(i) the authorized entity wishing to undertake said activity has lawful access to that work or a copy of that work;
(ii) the work is converted to an accessible format copy, which may include any means needed to navigate information in the accessible format, but does not introduce changes other than those needed to make the work accessible to the beneficiary person;
(iii) such accessible format copies are supplied exclusively to be used by beneficiary persons; and
(iv) the activity is undertaken on a non-profit basis;
(b) A beneficiary person, or someone acting on his or her behalf including a primary caretaker or caregiver, may make an accessible format copy of a work for the personal use of the beneficiary person or otherwise may assist the beneficiary person to make and use accessible format copies where the beneficiary person has lawful access to that work or a copy of that work.

The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age

By William W. Fisher and William McGeveran, of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. This paper looks at the ways in which innovative use of technology is hampered by copyright restrictions and digital rights management technology.

Library Copyright Issues

August 2010 Council on Library and Information Resources and Library of Congress: The State of Recorded Sound Preservation in the United States: A National Legacy at Risk in the Digital Age

March 2008 Section 108 Study Group Report: An Independent Report sponsored by the United States Copyright Office and the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program of the Library of Congress. Findings include suggestion that Section 108 of copyright law be revised to allow libraries and archives to capture and duplicate online material (if not password protected) for scholars and researchers, and extending the 108 exceptions to museums.

Public Knowledge (advocacy group, including copyright issues)

Library Copyright Alliance 

Music on Campus

 BAYU: Be Aware You're Uploading: Using-Peer to-Peer File Sharing Safely and Appropriately: Designed by the University of Michigan with Jack Bernard of the UM OGC. This program is available to other schools as open source software. BAYU (Be Aware You're Uploading) is a service designed by the University of Michigan to notify users of university networks that they might be uploading. BAYU is an automated system that notices when computers on selected university networks appear to be uploading files using peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing technology. BAYU then notifies the person whose computer was being used to upload the material.

 Public Domain

Cory Doctorow on the Creative Commons: A November 2007 article from Locus Magazine that summarizes why and how to use the Creative Commons.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
 (needs updating for Jan. 2019 when the date of publication will be come Before 1924, etc. 


 Tutorials and Other Training Materials

UMass Copyright Resources

University of Texas Copyright Crash Course

Campus Copyright Rights and Responsibilities: A Basic Guide to Policy Considerations

This booklet was produced by a joint task force of the America Association of University Presses, The Association of America Publishers, the Association of American Universities, and the Association of Research Libraries. The booklet is intended to provide guidelines to colleges and universities who wish to create (or supplement an existing) policy for the creation, distribution, use and management of copyrighted works on campus.