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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
- Sample the Future
January 1, 2004
Rip, mix, burn. Swap till you drop. The music cops can't do a thing - it's 100 percent legal, licensed by the bands. The Wired CD, copyrighted for the 21st century. …
- U.S. Senate Passes Scaled-Back Copyright Measure
January 1, 2004
A bill passed by the U.S. Senate expands certain protections for copyrighted material but excludes proposed language that would have made file trading on P2P networks a criminal offense. Under the …
- The Economics of Open Source Hijacking and the Declining Quality of Digital Information Resources: A Case for Copyleft
January 1, 2004
The economics of information goods suggest the need for institutional intervention to address the problem of revenue extraction from investments in those resources characterized by high fixed costs…
- Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth: The Special Problem of Digital Intellectual Property,
January 1, 2004
This CED report urges a balanced approach on digital intellectual property issues to promote economic growth. This CED report urges a balanced ap…
- The Big Download Debate... "What Part of 'JAILHOUSE ROCK' Don't You Understand?" The Politics of Digital Copyright
January 1, 2003
In October 2003, Cornell's University Computer Policy and Law Program hosted a debate on the question of file-sharing between the RIAA, Matt Oppenheim and Robert Hamilton, a charter member of …
- EDUCAUSE Live! Podcast: Update on Key U.S. Copyright Developments
March 27, 2008
In this EDUCAUSE Live! podcast, join host, Steve Worona , for the topic " Update on Key U.S. Copyright Developments ". Steve's guest is James G. Neal , Vice President f…
- It Is About Time: Getting Our Values Around Copyright Right
November 5, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2009 Annual Conference
In this talk, Lawrence Lessig will review the progress of the "open access" movement in education. He will make a call for educators to finally resolve this issue in a way that enables …
- P2P War Stories: Tales from the Trenches
October 29, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
As campuses receive an increasing number of DMCA notices and settlement letters, and as more and different technological solutions of varying worth arrive and new legal threats emerge, IT organizat…
- Higher Education and the Knowledge Economy - Sponsored by Zimbra
October 19, 2005
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2005 Annual Conference
Although the knowledge economy should be good news for higher education, colleges and universities now confront a variety of technical, legal, and cultural forces that threaten to relegate them to …
- Comparison of Experiences with Two Innovative Media Programs
October 22, 2004
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2004 Annual Conference
Yale and Penn State have both pioneered the use of legal alternatives to the distribution of copyrighted media. In January 2004, both initiated commercial services that differ in many ways. This pr…