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CUA Copyright Ownership Policy

CUA Copyright Policy 

CUA Copyright Guidelines-updated for 2019-See also New Life for Old Classics, as Their Copyrights Run Out, NYTimes, 12-29-18

Faculty, Students and Copyright

NACUANOTES, Synching your teeth into Copyright Law: Legal and Practical Considerations for Public Performances of Video and Photos Synchronized to Copyrighted Music by Joseph Storch, Stephanie Morrison and Jack Bernard. 

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.

Fair Use  

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.

The State of Fair Use in Academia Today: Wesley Blakeslee, Nov. 2003, NACUA paper. 

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.

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.

Copyright Endurance and Change
Georgia Harper, EDUCAUSE Review, Vol. 35, No. 6 (November/December 2000)
Explains the threat to fair use that is contained in the DMCA anticircumvention provisions.

Libraries and Copyright

Copyright Advisory Network:
Resources, including the Copyright Genie and Fair Use Evaluator

Liblicense : A template for Libraries negotiating to license digital content, hosted by the Center For Research Libraries

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.

American Library Association Washington Office Copyright Web Page


 Copyright Office page on Legislation

Public Domain

Atlantic Article (April 2018) A Landslide of Classic Art is about to Enter the Public Domain

Getty Open Content Program

The Getty makes available, without charge, all available digital images to which the Getty holds the rights or that are in the public domain to be used for any purpose. No permission is required.

Center for the Study of the Public Domain at Duke Law School

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States

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

Future of Music Coalition
This is a website with all the latest on copyright, technology and public policy as it relates to music. Annual conferences held in D.C each year.






updated 11-5-18 mlo