Faculty, Students and Copyright
Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities
By Kenneth D. Crews, J.D., Ph.D., Director, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University Updated Fall 2013.
Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office (includes info on copyright in general, fair use, libraries and copyright, copyright ownership, permissions, and special topics)
SHERPA-RoMEO: Publisher copyright policies: Use this site to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement.
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.
SPARC Resources for Authors
SPARC stands for the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition. SPARC was developed by the Association of Research Libraries to expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressure on libraries. This page includes a downloadable brochure on Author Rights.
Copyright Crash Course: Georgia Harper's University of Texas web page is one of the very best. A key resource for faculty.
The Essential Copyright: A Guide to Copyright in the Educational Setting: A resource created by NACUA member and IP Virtual Scholar at the Center for Intellectual Property at UMUC Peggy Hoon, this is a comprehensive copyright web site. The page includes reference to new and pending legislation, sample permission forms, FAQs, TEACH Act info, and tutorials.
U.S. Copyright Office
Includes a link for online search copyright records.
U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use index of cases: A neat tool for searching current federal case law on fair use. For example, you can choose to click on your circuit, the Federal Circuit, and maybe the 2nd Circuit (all the publishers are there) and then click on a topic, like internet digitization, and the search will automatically list all the cases pertaining to your topic, with a brief summary of the case.
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts issued Feb. 2015, by the College Art Association. Center for Media and Social Impact Page includes Q & A as well as a Power Point.
Authors Alliance: For authors who wish to share their creations more broadly. Pamela Samuelson is on the Board of Directors.
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.
Art and Other Images (Columbia Copyright Advisory Office)
Copyright Guidelines for Showing Movies on Campus: By Steven McDonald, General Counsel, RISD.
Includes handy flowchart. Dated 2008
Copyright & Fair Use:
Stanford University Libraries has teamed with the Council on Library Resources and FindLaw Internet Legal Resources to sponsor this site.Includes very current case summaries.
Libraries and Copyright
Section 108 Spinner: An interative web page that specifies when libraries and archives can make reproductions of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder under Section 108.
Copyright Advisory Network:
Resources, including the Copyright Genie and Fair Use Evaluator
Section 108 Study Group (Library of Congress) is a select committee of copyright experts, convened by the Library of Congress, and charged with updating for the digital world the Copyright Act balance between the rights of creators and copyright owners and the needs of libraries and archives. The web page includes a paper written by Chris Weston and Mary Rasenberger on the history of the library exception, titled Overview of the Libraries and Archive Exception in the Copyright Act: Background History and Meaning.
Cornell Digital Literacy Program
Contains online tools for students on technology, copyright, plagiarism, privacy, and finding topics. Great resource for everyone.
Web page by Cornell that gives advice on how Peer to Peer File sharing applications work, and points out the hidden problems with using such applications.
Copyright Slider An interactive version of the public domain/copyright status chart. If you move the arrow on the page to the date and conditions on publication, the boxes on the left will give you information on whether or not permission is needed for use of the work. This document can be modified for use at your institution by adding contact information, or it can simply be posted as is. Click on the Creative Commons license at the bottom left for more information.
Copyright Renewal Database: Stanford University has created a database that makes searchable the copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1993 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963. Note that the database includes ONLY US Class A (book) renewals. The period from 1923-1963 is of special interest for US copyrights, as works published after January 1, 1964 had their copyrights automatically renewed by the 1976 Copyright Act, and works published before 1923 have generally fallen into the public domain. Between those dates, a renewal registration was required to prevent the expiration of copyright, however determining whether a work's registration has been renewed is a challenge.
Special Interest Pages
NACUBO web page on use of music copyrights. Also links to a joint report by ACE and NACUBO on Use of Copyrighted Music on Campus.(September 2013)