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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
- Center for Copyright Information Takes Further Steps Toward Implementation
April 5, 2012
The Center for Copyright Information (CCI) announced on April 2, 2012 the appointment of Jill Lesser as its Executive Director. In addition the group announced the members of its Advisory Bo…
- Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement
April 4, 2012
On Friday, March 31, 2012, the White House issued its Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement . The 130-page document outlines the Administration’s achievements in and strategi…
- Fair Use in Academic and Research Libraries
March 21, 2012
Patricia Aufderheide is University Professor and the founder-director of the Center for Social Media in the School of Communication at American University in Washington, D.C. She is the …
- 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…
- Dramatically Bringing Down the Cost of Education with OER: How Open Education Resources Unlock the Door to Free Learning
February 7, 2012
This issue brief from the Center for American Progress and EDUCAUSE seeks to provide a substantive understanding of OER and at the same time inform the emerging public debate over their use in p…
- Open Wikis and the Protection of Institutional Welfare
February 7, 2012
Much has been written about wikis’ reliability and use in the classroom. This research bulletin addresses the negative impacts on institutional welfare that can arise from participating in a…
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
February 1, 2012
This guide was published by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) as a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who sup…
- What Should We Learn from Megaupload?
January 31, 2012
Here's how the New York Times broke the story : In what the federal authorities on Thursday called one of the largest criminal copyright cases ever brought, the Justice Depa…
- The Public Domain Shrinks as the Supreme Court Decides
January 27, 2012
Last week, January 18, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court decided a copyright case that has broad implications for educators who use or perform musical works. In Golan, et al., v. Holder t…
- New Code of Best Practices in Fair Use Released
January 26, 2012
Today, January 26, 2012, the Center for Social Media at American University, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and the Washington College of Law at American University rel…