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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, 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…
- Copyright, Fair Use, and Teaching and Learning Innovation in a Web 2.0 World
July 28, 2009
This ECAR research bulletin reviews some of the basic tenets of copyright in the digital millennium. Specifically, it discusses the ways in which copyright law, fair use provisions, and the TEACH…
- Copyright, Publishing, and Scholarship: The "Zwolle Group" Initiative for the Advancement of Higher Education
January 1, 2007
This article marks the end of a phase of the Zwolle Group. It provides an examination of the issues and the projects of the Zwolle Group. Nevertheless, some activities will be continued in one way …
- Copyright, the Public Domain, and the Value to Higher Education
October 7, 2011
The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on Wednesday, October 5 th in Golan v. Holder , which argues against action taken by Congress to move thousands of works from the public dom…
- 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…
- 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…
- Courts Unlikely To Stop Google Book Copying
January 1, 2005
"Despite objections from publishers and writers, copyright law appears to be on Google's side, legal experts say. The social value of Google's initiative to digitize library books, i…
- Creative Commons Helps Authors Terminate Copyright Transfers
January 1, 2007
" Still seething over that bad book publishing deal you entered into in 1981? Good news: you might be able to rescue your manuscript and do something lucrative with it, thanks to Creative Comm…
- Database Copyrights
January 1, 1995
Around the delicate distinction between a collection of facts and how they are organized hangs many a tale. Around the delicate distinction between a c…
- DC News: Copyright Office Request for Information on Crowdsourcing for Digitization Project
May 1, 2012
The U.S. Copyright Office has initiated a project to digitize and make available online the historical records of copyrights dating from 1870 to 1977. The Library expects to issue a future reque…