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In an age of connected learning, navigating the copyright landscape can be challenging. The following resources may help you as you attempt to answer key copyright questions about content use, re-use, distribution, creation, and more.
- EDUCAUSE Policy Topic: Intellectual Property
Looking to find out more about copyright, Fair Use, DMCA, and other legislation in this area? This page from the EDUCAUSE Policy office provides a useful overview of IP issues facing higher education.
- EDUCAUSE Library: Copyright and IP Policies
Find model campus policies in the EDUCAUSE Library.
- Copyright Timeline: A History of Copyright in the United States
This timeline from the Association of Research Libraries is a comprehensive look at the legal evolution of copyright law in the United States.
- Copyright Crash Course
From the University of Texas Libraries, this online interactive guide points to copyright’s role in the flow of research and teaching, and helps users understand ownership, management, and sharing of copyrights.
- Know Your Copyrights
An online guide from ARL that “looks at copyright from the perspectives of all key academic stakeholders and suggests what each group can do to enhance their copyright practices and advance academic interests.
- American University Center for Social Media: Codes of Best Practices in Fair Use
This site features a number of resources related to fair use, including teaching materials, codes of best practices, and other documents. Topics include OpenCourseWare, online video, academic and research libraries, and more.
- Orphan Works and Mass Digitization
This Library of Congress site is a review of “the problem of orphan works under U.S. copyright law” and includes links to pertinent works.
- ARL Copyright and Intellectual Property
This website provides helpful resources related to Fair Use, author rights, legislation, and international copyright and IP.
- Copyright Act of 1976
- Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act of 1998
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act
- DMCA FAQ(from the EDUCAUSE Campus Policy Working Group)
- Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act
- Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA)
- Authors Guild, Inc., et al. v. HathiTrust et al.
- HathiTrust Copyright Case: Resources (EDUCAUSE)
- Georgia State Copyright Case: Resources(EDUCAUSE)
EDUCAUSE created a page that provides resources related to the Georgia State copyright case (Cambridge University Press et al. v. Patton et al.). This lawsuit brought by several publishers against Georgia State University involves the use of copyrighted materials in e-reserves in higher education, but the impact of the case and its potential results may be far more reaching.
- UCLA Streaming Video Lawsuit
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Copyright
- Copyright Threats End UCLA Libraryâ€™s Online Video System
February 5, 2010
Michael Weinberg writes in a Public Knowledge blog, "Being able to watch videos on your own time is a great boon to students. There is no practical reason that a student has to be in a certa…
- Hitting Pause on Class Videos
January 26, 2010
A trade group goes after UCLA for posting copyrighted videos on course Web sites -- and hints that other colleges might be next. A trade group go…
- 7 Things You Should Know About P2P
March 11, 2009
Peer-to-peer (P2P) is an approach to content distribution in which digital files are transferred between â€œpeerâ€ computers over the Internet. Because they do not rely on a central serv…
- Copyright protection and the new stakeholders in online distance education: The Playâ€™s the Thing
July 24, 2008
This paper analyses the university as an Internet intermediary in the current climate of online distance education, classifies the stakeholders associated with the university in Web course manage…
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video
June 30, 2008
This document is a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair us…
- In Lawsuit, University Asserts That Downloading Copyrighted Texts Is Fair Use
June 27, 2008
"In a closely watched copyright-infringement lawsuit, Georgia State University fired back this week at its accusers, three academic publishers that say the institution invites students to il…
- The Digital Learning Challenge: Obstacles to Educational Uses of Copyrighted Material in the Digital Age
January 1, 2006
The study explores whether innovative educational uses of digital technology â€“ everything from DVDs in the classroom to digital music libraries to online resources such as Wikipedia -- are h…
- Campus Copyright Rights and Responsibilities: A Basic Guide to Policy Considerations
January 1, 2005
The American Association of Universities produced a new white paper designed to help colleges and universities navigate copyright issues. "Campus Copyright Rights and Responsibilities: A Basic…
- Blackboard Use Raises Copyright Concerns
January 1, 2005
"Since the Blackboard course management system was first introduced at Swarthmore in 2001 as part of a Mellon Foundation-funded pilot program, many professors have been using the system to mak…
- Stealing the Goose: Copyright and Learning
January 1, 2005
The Internet is the world's largest knowledge common and the information source of first resort. Much of this information is open and freely available. However, there are organizations and com…