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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
- 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…
- The Copyright Alert System Debated by the Congressional Internet Caucus
March 12, 2013
As a follow-up to our recently reported Policy Update blog entitled "Copyright Alert System Goes into Effect," the Congressional Internet Caucus held a briefing on Capitol Hill on …
- Course Rights in Cyberspace: Ownership Issues in Online Education
February 13, 2013
A session at the West/Southwest Regional Conference
The growing enthusiasm for and application of online digital media for delivering higher education have raised serious questions of ownership and conflicts over control of courses in cyberspace. Th…
- Copyright for Librarians: The Essential Handbook
February 6, 2013
"Copyright for Librarians" (CFL) is an online open curriculum on copyright law that was developed jointly with Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society. This book explores…
- From Fair-Use Inaction to Fair Use in Action: Using Best Practices to Support Teaching and Research
January 17, 2013
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference
This workshop/panel will familiarize attendees with the fair-use doctrine in copyright law, the general movement toward best practices, and the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and…
- Copyright Reform in the U.K. Will Impact Education, Research, and Accessibility
January 15, 2013
It will soon become legal in the U.K. to copy music from a CD to an iPod, show copyrighted texts on an interactive whiteboard, and use copyrighted works in a parody. Until now, these have been …
- DMCA Section 1201 Rulemaking to Determine Exemptions to the Prohibition on the Circumvention of Technological Controls to Copyrighted Works
November 14, 2012
On October 25, 2012, the Register of Copyrights and the Librarian of Congress announced new recommendations for exemptions to Section 1201(a)(1)(A) of the Digital Millennium Copyright…
- The Copyright Conundrum
November 1, 2012
Joan Cheverie is a Policy Specialist for the EDUCAUSE Washington Office. "May you live in interesting times"—a saying of perhaps dubious origins—is alternately viewed …
- The Problem of Orphan Works and Mass Digitization: The Copyright Office Seeks Input
October 22, 2012
The Copyright Office has today, October 22, 2012, published a Notice of Inquiry on the subject of orphan works and mass digitization. The Office is reviewing the problem of orphan works und…
- Massive Open Online Courses: Legal and Policy Issues for Research Libraries
October 22, 2012
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) raise significant legal and policy questions for research libraries, which are often asked to support the development of MOOC courses. These questions involve …