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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
- Advanced Internet Bandwidth and Security Strategies
October 19, 2005
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2005 Annual Conference
How does a university with 1,800 residential students manage to receive less than one copyright infringement notice per month, while still allowing peer-to-peer computing? Find out how your institu…
- Alphabet Soup: A P2P, DMCA, and HEOA FAQ
May 18, 2011
Colleges and universities, like all Internet service providers, may benefit from the safe harbor provided by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) , provided that they take certain steps…
- An EDUCAUSE Update on P2P
March 16, 2010
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2010
The content industry continues to battle peer-to-peer file sharing on campus and commercial networks, both with sticks (DMCA notices, three-strikes legislation) and with carrots (a growing number o…
- An Online, Interactive Approach to Copyright and Intellectual Property Law Education
March 12, 2007
A session at the EDUCAUSE Midwest Regional Conference 2007
This presentation describes the development, use, and collaborative evaluation of the University of Minnesota Libraries' Fair Use Analysis tool. This interactive, online application is intende…
- Annual Copyright License—A New Tool for Permissions
October 2, 2007
Colleges and universities routinely struggle to address their copyright licensing needs campus-wide. How do faculty, library, bookstore staff, and others on campus effectively assess and secure t…
- Attacking from All Sides: Strategies to Educate Students and Faculty on Copyright and Plagiarism Issues
January 1, 2003
Copyright and plagiarism are hot topics on college campuses. At Wake Forest University, educating faculty, staff, and students has evolved through a transferable process of collaborative problem so…
- Building a Digital Collection from the Ground Up
February 26, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Southwest Regional Conference 2009
Creating digital collections is an exciting way to reach beyond traditional boundaries and bring information to people no matter where they are. Any person, group, or institution can begin digitiza…
- Checkpointing the ACTA Debate: Where Are We, and Where Do We Go from Here?
June 14, 2010
ACTA, the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, has been under negotiation since 2007 by representatives from the United States and several dozen other countries. Although nominally limited to cou…
- Collaborative Social Networking: Copyright Nightmare, Dream, or Reality?
April 1, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE Western Regional Conference 2008
The collaborative nature of sharing media in social networks can present varied and challenging copyright issues. The knowledgeable application of copyright laws, policies, and practices are keys i…
- Comparison of Experiences with Two Innovative Media Programs
October 22, 2004
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2004 Annual Conference
Yale and Penn State have both pioneered the use of legal alternatives to the distribution of copyrighted media. In January 2004, both initiated commercial services that differ in many ways. This pr…