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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
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EDUCAUSE Library Items for Copyright
- Final HEOA Regulations Issued October 29, 2009
October 23, 2009
These are Final HEOA Regulations Issued on October 29, 2009. These are Final HEOA Regulations Issued on October 29, 2009. …
- Inducing Infringement of Copyrights Act of 2004
January 1, 2004
The bill as introduced into Senate. The bill as introduced into Senate. January …
- JSTOR Amicus Brief
October 18, 2007
EDUCAUSE joined a broad coalition in filing an amicus, or friend of the court, brief on behalf of the National Geographic Society which seeks permission to reproduce a print collective work in el…
- Oversight Hearing on "Reducing Peer-To-Peer (P2P) Piracy on University Campuses: A Progress Update."
January 1, 2005
Recently, the House Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property held a hearing entitled "Reducing Peer-to-Peer Piracy on University Campuses: A P…
- Reply Comments to the FCC on Broadband Industry Practices (Docket 07-52) July 16, 2007
July 16, 2007
This document is a reply to a comment filed by NBC Universal requesting that the FCC require that broadband providers “use readily available means to prevent the use of their broadband networks…
- Report on Orphan Works
January 1, 2006
The Copyright Office has completed its study of problems related to "orphan works"—copyrighted works whose owners may be impossible to identify and locate. As requested by Senator Orrin…
- Rulemaking on Exemptions from Prohibition on Circumvention of Technological Measures that Control Access to Copyrighted Works
July 23, 2003
On October 28th, 2003, Librarian of Congress James Billington, once again issued exceptions to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) prohibition on circumventing technological locks intende…
- Statement of the Librarian of Congress Relating to Section 1201 Rulemaking
January 1, 2006
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) of 1998 requires the U.S. Copyright Office to periodically consider exemptions to its "anticircumvention" provisions. It is these provisions th…
- The Role of Technology in Reducing Illegal Filesharing: A University Perspective
June 5, 2007
Recently members of the House Science and Technology Committee heard from university officials and a leading technology expert on different methods to reduce illegal filesharing on campus inter…
- United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Blackboard vs. Desire2Learn
July 27, 2009
The Federal Circuit has ruled in favor of Desire2Learn across the board and confirmed that all 38 patent claims asserted by Blackboard are invalid. Case decided July 27, 2009. …