Copyright and intellectual property issues can be complex. This web page was not prepared by an attorney. None of the information or links provided should be substituted for the advice of an attorney.
Chart maintained at Cornell University, listing copyright terms of various types of published and unpublished works, with dates those works fall into the public domain.
This tool can help educators assess whether they may, under U.S. Copyright Law, use copyrighted works in their teaching without first seeking permission of the copyright owner.
Maintained by the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University, this checklist can assist in evaluating whether or not a use of a copyrighted work might be considered a fair use.
This tool, developed by Michael Brewer in cooperation with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, can help assist in evaluating whether or not use of a copyrighted work could be considered a "fair use" under the United States Copyright Law.
This sliding copyright tool, developed by Michael Brewer in cooperation with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, helps determine if a work first published in the United States has fallen into the public domain.
This tool, developed by Michael Brewer in cooperation with the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, can help librarians and archivists determine if reproducing all or part of a work is allowed under Section 108 of the United States Copyright Law.
Copyright information from the American Library Association. This web page highlights copyright and intellectual property issues important to librarians and information professionals.
Copyright and intellectual property information from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL). Includes policies, news, information on recent statutes, legislation, court cases, etc. on a variety of topics including Google Book Search, orphan works, fair use, digital rights management, etc.
The Chilling Effects Clearinghouse is a collaboration among law school clinics and the Electronic Frontier Foundation which aims to support lawful online activity against unwarranted legal threats.
Published by the Association for Research Libraries (ARL), this code is a statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use. It was developed by and for librarians who support support academic inquiry and higher education. This web site contains the text of the Code, FAQs for librarians, faculty, and students, plus other copyright education materials.
This resource presents a code for fair use to guide educators using media literacy concepts and techniques.
Created by Kenneth Crews, founding director of the Copyright Advisory Office at Columbia University, this site contains information on identification of copyright holders, copyright scenarios, court case summaries, and more.
Provides an overview of copyright as pertains to public performances, including both theatre and dance, and provides guidelines for obtaining permissions for legal use of copyrighted works.
Sponsored by the American Library Association Office for Information Technology policy, this site serves as a resource for librarians who have copyright questions.
Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) serves as an intermediary between copyright holders and content users, facilitating the exchange of reuse rights and royalties through its licensing services. CCC manages the rights to over 1.75 million works and represents more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators.
Copyright guidelines, provisions, and resources, from the Music Library Association.
Links to Cornell University's copyright policies, guidelines, services, and resources.
From the Copyright Committee of the American Association of Law Libraries, this page offers an excellent overview of copyright law, "hot topics," current issues, and resources.
Creative Commons is a non-profit organization dedicated to flexible copyright licenses for creative works.
A bibliography of current copyright news.
The Association of Research Libraries' (ARL) White Paper on Educational Fair Use, authored by Jonathan Band, a lawyer in private practice, adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center, and noted intellectual property and Internet expert.
From the Society of American Archivists comes a guide for archivists and others to use when a copyright owner cannot be located or contacted. This guide focuses primarily on the types of unpublished materials typically found in archives.
From the Citizen Media Law Project hosted by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, this blog entry explains the four factors of Fair Use.
Maintained by Stanford University, this site provides links to copyright information, plus commentary and analysis by legal and library professionals.
From the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), this curriculum is written for K-12 teachers to present basics on copyright to students, including copyright history, the concept of fair use, peer-to-peer file sharing, and more.
Links to key publications, including informational circulars; application forms for copyright registration; links to the copyright law and to the homepages of other copyright-related organizations, and more.