University Copyright Policy
"Helps campus faculty, researchers, staff, and students make informed decisions about the legal use of intellectual property in fulfilling their teaching and research activities in the classroom and on the Internet."
Chilling Effects Clearinghouse
Joint project between Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and several law school clinics. A searchable web site of “cease and desist” letters.
Copyright & Fair Use (Stanford University Libraries)
Comprehensive site with links to primary materials, current legislation, copyright resources on the Internet, and an overview of copyright law. Includes a search engine for the site.
Non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to showing the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth.
Copyright and Intellectual
General links and information on copyright resources. Includes a Quick Bibliography produced dynamically at the moment of request that includes citations from January 1994 to the present.
Copyright in Teaching: Copyright Exceptions for Teaching (Duke University Libraries, Scholarly Communucations @ Duke)
Copyright exceptions and best practices advice for teaching faculty.
Copyright Information and Resources (University of Minnesota Libraries)
General information and best practices on copyright compliance and permissions.
Copyright Issues for Libraries (IFLA)
International copyright information and guidance from the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions. Includes a useful list of best practices for copyright limitations and exceptions.
Law in the Electronic Environment (Faculty) (Univeristy of Texas)
Written for faculty by Georgia Harper, Office of General Counsel. She addresses specific copyright questions, such as who has rights to materials on the Internet, how analog fair-use applies to the multi-media world, and what is and isn't in the public domain.
Copyright Renewal Database (Stanford University)
U.S. copyright renewal records for books whose copyrights were renewed between 1950 and 1992 plus renewal records for books published between 1923 and 1963.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that promotes a voluntary "some rights reserved" model of copyright. The site includes a searchable database of formats free to share online and tools for authors who wish to publish their work with "some rights reserved."
Orphan Works Project (University of Michigan)
Project information and updates on the Orphan Works Project, which identifies orphan works through a set of search parameters. Orphan works are items subject to copyright where copyright holders cannot be identified or contacted.
U.S. Copyright Office Home Page
This is where it all begins, the home page of the U.S. Copyright Office at the Library of Congress. There are answers to frequently asked questions, texts of copyright bulletins, copyright basics, and much more. However, don't look for interpretations or guidelines here. This is just the law as it stands.
Exceptions for Instructors in U.S. Copyright Law
Contains questions to consider in ensuring works are pemissable to show in the classroom.
Fair Use Evaluator
A short list of criteria to consider if use of an item is considered fair use according to U.S. copyright law.
Is it Protected by Copyright? (for works first published in the USA)
An easy-to use slider tool that shows the copyright status of an item based on publication date.
Section 108 Reproductions by Libraries or Archives for their users, for Replacement, or for Preservation
A spinner that shows how many copies of an item can be made. This is based on Section 108 exceptions for Libraries and Archives.
Copyright Clearance Center, Inc. Online
The CCC, a not-for-profit organization, was established by authors, publishers and users as the not-for-profit Reproduction Rights Organization (RRO) for the United States. The CCC operates collective licensing systems that facilitate compliance with the copyright law - over 1.75 million titles are represented.
Model Permission Letters (Columbia University Libraries/Information Services Copyright Advisory Office)
Sample forms and letters for obtaining copyright permissions.
International Federation of Reproduction Rights
Starting place for foreign permissions.
Center for Social Media (American University School of Communication)
Fair use and copyright in documentary film
Motion Picture Licensing Corporation
Independent copyright licensing service authorized by major Hollywood motion picture studios and independent producers to grant umbrella licenses to non-profit groups and organizations