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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
- Fair Use or Fair Game? How One College "Solved" Fair Use
March 12, 2013
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference
Across the college, there were copyright problems and questions: Help desk staff were asked to upload entire works into the LMS. IT staff discovered full-length copyrighted movies on our video st…
- Fair Use in Higher Ed: Three Lawsuits against Seven Universities Test the Limits
March 13, 2012
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2012
As of this writing, three lawsuits are pending against seven universities regarding their use of technology in the delivery of course materials and digitizing books. The heart of each case is the s…
- Is It Fair? Is It Legal? Using Active Learning to Teach About Intellectual Property and Citation Ethics
March 29, 2011
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2011
The panel discussion will explore ways of educating students about issues of information ownership, including plagiarism, copyright, and fair use. The panelists, from Dartmouth and MassArt, have de…
- Soft-Selling Tough Issues
April 22, 2009
A session at the Security 2009
Louisiana State University's IT communications and security officers join forces to effectively educate campus populations about IT security threats, IT policies, and best practices. …
- Fully Automated DMCA Processing
April 22, 2009
A session at the Security 2009
When processing DMCA takedown notices got to the point of taking one FTE, we decided it was time to automate. We developed a fully automated process, from intake of complaint e-mail to validating c…
- Copyright in OpenCourseWare
March 11, 2008
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2008
When MIT OpenCourseWare began, intellectual property was expected to be one of its biggest challenges. Here we will share our experiences in developing systems and strategies that have changed deal…
- Regaining User Trust in Cyberspace: Is It Already Too Late?
April 4, 2005
A session at the Security 2005
The Internet, which once held so much promise as a pillar of the 21st-century economy, has been taken over by the dark side. Cyberspace is now teeming with hackers and assorted other cyber miscrean…