Subject Guides » Copyright
- US Copyright Office
United States Government information on copyright. Basic information, searchable copyright records and information on how to register.
- Copyright and Fair Use
Stanford University provides information on Copyright and Fair Use.
- Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
Easy to use chart showing when copyrights expire.
- Fair Use Evaluator
from the ALA office of Information Technology Policy.
- Exceptions for Instructors eTool
from the American Library Association.
- The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
A code of best practices that helps educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. This document was created by a team of more than 150 members of leading educational associations.
- Copyright Advisory Network
"A community of librarians, copyright scholars, policy wonks."
- Copyright Myths Debunked
from Bryan Cave's Art Law Blog.
- Creative Commons
"Enabling the legal sharing and reuse of cultural, educational, and scientific works" "Creative Commons licenses provide a flexible range of protections and freedoms for authors, artists, and educators."
- The Copyright Website
General copyright information for educators, students, websurfers and confused citizens; Specialized information for webmasters, musicians, moviemakers, screenwriters, programmers and photographers.
- Library Law
Overview of copyright issues, both in general and as they pertain to libraries. Many links.
"The copyright law and litigation resource." Thorough and well-organized collection of links to many excellent resources about copyright.
- Music Publisher's Association Copyright FAQ
Guide to copyright in regards to the music industry.
- Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
- Public Domain Music
A reference site to help identify public domain songs and public domain music . . . lists of public domain music, royalty free music recordings you can license, and public domain sheet music reprints
- Music Library Association's Copyright Guide
Check these databases to find copyrighted songs and apply for permission to legally use them.
- The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP)
- SOCAN (Canada)
- The Harry Fox Agency, Inc
Information and perspectives on digital copyright issues.
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act
Plain text and PDF versions of Public Law 105 - 304 - Digital Millennium Copyright Act from US Government Printing Office.
- ALA’s DRM Resources
The American Library Association guide to digital rights management.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
Free speech, privacy, intellectual property and digital copyright issues from a civil liberty perspective.
- World Intellectual Property Organization
The website of WIPO, a specialized agency of the United Nations dedicated to developing an international intellectual property system.
- ALA Guide to the WIPO
ALA guide to World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) issues and their impact on libraries.
- Digital Future Coalition
An organization committed to striking an appropriate balance in law and public policy between protecting intellectual property and affording public access to it.
- UCLA Online Institute for Cyberspace Law and Policy
Online archive of Cyberspace Policy Resources during the formative years of 1995-2002.
- BC Intellectual Property and Technology Forum
A legal publication dedicated to providing readers with scholarship, reporting, and discussion from the legal community concerning technology law and intellectual property.
- ALA’s DRM Resources
The American Library Association's list of resources, statements, and papers regarding Digital Rights Management issues and concerns for libraries.
- Public Knowledge’s Citizens Guide to DRM
Washington,DC based public interest group’s guide to Digital Rights Management.