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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
- “Info-Communism:” A Progressive Path Forward or a Political and Intellectual Dead End?
January 26, 2010
In the last decade, an intellectual and political movement has emerged both here in the United States and Europe to challenge exclusive property rights over informational goods and promote the co…
- YouTube, Copyright and Innovation
January 1, 2007
A blog entry discussing the recent Viacom copyright infringement lawsuit against YouTube. A blog entry discussing the recent Viacom copyright infringem…
- Workshop on Requirements for Technological Control of Illegal File Sharing on College and University Networks
October 3, 2007
This is the report from a technology workshop held under the direction of the Joint Committee of the Higher Education and Entertainment Communities. The workshop, held April 19-20, 2007, was…
- Workshop 04A - Shades of Gray: How FERPA, Copyright, and Other Legal Issues Impact Technology Use in the Classroom
January 19, 2010
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2010
When working with technology in a classroom-from assigned readings to student submissions-there are important legal issues many people have never considered. How does FERPA impact technology in the…
- Winning Hearts and Minds in War on Plagiarism
April 7, 2008
To many writing instructors, going nuclear (expulsion threats) or high tech (detection software) have failed to stop cheating. So they aim for small victories, through new approaches to teaching …
- Will the Future Bring Even More Important Copyright Issues Than The Ones Raised by Online File-Swapping?
January 1, 2005
The author discusses the difficult question of how to define copyright for new media. The author discusses the difficult question of how to define copy…
- Will Restricting File-sharing Slow Innovation?
January 1, 2005
"Some leading figures in tech are worried that legal restrictions on peer-to-peer software could cause lasting damage to the tech industry as a whole." …
- Will Fair Use Survive? Free Expression in the Age of Copyright Control
January 1, 2005
Are increasingly heavy assertions of control by copyright and trademark owners smothering fair use and free expression? The product of more than a year of research, Will Fair Use Survive? paints a …
- Will Colleges and Universities Become Cybercops?
January 1, 1999
As colleges and universities seek to provide ubiquitous Internet access and other network services for their faculty and students, service provider liability comes to the forefront as a major techn…
- Why Lakoff still matters: Framing the debate on copyright law and digital publishing
June 1, 2009
In 2004, linguist and cognitive scientist George Lakoff popularized the idea of using metaphors and “frames” to promote progressive political issues. Although his theories have since been cri…