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


Fair Use: U.S. Copyright Office 

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

Marrakesh Treaty Implementation Act of 2018 FAQ

Music Modernization Act of 2018 Resources

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

2017 U.S. Copyright Office Discussion Document on Section 108 of Title 17

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

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

 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.