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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
- University Procedure on Dealing with Possible Infringement of Intellectual Property Rights
January 1, 2006
Explains the process of how the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill deals with possible copyright violations. Explains the process of how the U…
- Update on HEOA and P2P
July 2, 2009
Last August, President Bush signed into law the 1,200-page Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, termed by one Senator "a well-intentioned contraption of unnecessary rules and reg…
- Update on Key U.S. Copyright Developments
February 29, 2008
Copyright continues to be a core interest of the higher education and academic library communities. This briefing will focus on eight critical legislative and legal arenas where the United States…
- Update on Those Dammed UCLA Videos
February 10, 2010
On January 30, I reported on UCLA's decision to temporarily stop faculty from posting streaming videos on course Web pages. That decision was taken in response to a threatened copyright-…
- Updating Intellectual Property Enforcement Laws
May 11, 2011
The Administration recently issued 20 legislative recommendations to Congress that are designed to improve intellectual property enforcement. Because of the high profit margin and shorter p…
- Urban Copyright Legends
August 2, 2010
This publication attempts to clear up several copyright misconceptions including fair use and licensing issues. This publication attempts to clea…
- US Copyright Lobby Out-of-touch
January 1, 2007
"Internet law professor Michael Geist takes a look at intellectual property protection in the US and finds it somewhat out of step with the rest of the world." …
- US House Passes Bill Targeting Net Song Swappers
January 1, 2004
he U.S. House of Representatives this week passed a bill aimed at helping the record and movie industries protect copyrighted works from being illegally traded online. Under the bill, those found t…
- UW Warns Music Sharers
January 1, 2007
"The University of Wisconsin went against the national trends Friday by warning students about its policy regarding illegal file sharing but refusing to forward settlement letters to violators…
- Viacom v. YouTube: A Win for the Internet?
April 9, 2012
On Thursday, April 5, 2012, the Second Court of Appeals issued its decision in the Viacom v. YouTube lawsuit – a case that focuses on whether the safe harbor provisions under the Digital…