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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: What Makes a Use "Fair"?
January 1, 2003
Ã‚Â© 2003 June M. Besek EDUCAUSE Review, vol. 38, no. 6 (November/December 2003): 12–13. June M. Besek Fair use can raise some of the most difficult and controversial is…
- Copyright, Civil Rights, and Middle Age
January 1, 2003
The author discusses the political issues that are attached to the current fight over digital copyright and file sharing technologies. The author discu…
- Balancing Copyright Concerns: The TEACH Act of 2001
January 1, 2001
The author discusses the new Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization(TEACH)Act of 2001 and how it relates to the copyright act of 1976. The TEACH Act will amend the 1976 Actto meet the …
- Copyright Assumptions and Challenges
January 1, 2001
Assumptions about copyright law are challenging the long-standing academic principle of the free interchange of ideas, both within and outside of the higher education institution. …
- Copyright Endurance and Change
January 1, 2000
Over the years, copyright law has achieved its purpose of balancing the rights of copyright owners with the interests of the public. Yet today's technological advances and legal fixes may be u…