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Tutorials and Basic Information about Copyright and Fair Use

Is it Protected by Copyright?
(Michael Brewer & ALA Office for Information Technology Policy)
Use this tool to determine whether a published or unpublished work is protected by copyright or in the public domain. This is for works first published in the US.
Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance
(Copyright Clearance Center)
"Designed for academic institutions, this guide helps answer questions ranging from basic copyright law to the more complex topics of ILL and e-reserves." Includes a discussion of the law, "what you need to know" summaries, and quizzes for each section. Includes information about the TEACH Act. Includes information about using content in coursepacks, course management systems, for ILL or course reserves. Includes digital content and photocopied content information.
Copyright 101 Tutorial
(Brigham Young University)
"This online tutorial is designed to assist faculty, staff, and students learn about the rights of a copyright owner and the legal exemptions that exist for educators, such as fair use. The tutorial was developed in three interactive modules and includes short videos, reference materials, case studies and a game."
Copyright Advisory Office
(Columbia University Libraries/Information Services)
This excellent site includes a range of resources to help faculty, librarians, students, and others learn the basics of copyright and how to appropriately apply the law to their academic needs. Features include a Copyright Quick Guide to fundamental principles of copyright, ownership, and fair use; a section on fair use that includes a checklist and scenarios; and a permissions section with guidance for tracking a copyright owner, a list of licensing agencies for various media, and a model permissions letter.
Copyright Basics Including Fair Use
(Jennifer Horner, PhD, JD. College of Health Professions, MUSC)
This lecture and FAQ presentation was created in 2003 for faculty in the College of Health Professions. Dr. Horner has given her permission "to use/adapt any of these materials for future MUSC-wide faculty education."
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Copyright Crash Course
(University of Texas)
This excellent site contains information about copyright in general, fair use, ownership, and more. It is written not only for those who want to use copyrighted works, but those who are creating them in a university and educational environment. Includes a link to an online Crash Course Tutorial.
Copyright Law & Graduate Research: New Media, New Rights and Your New Dissertation
(Kenneth D. Crews. ProQuest Information and Learning)
"This manual is intended to help graduate students and advisors understand legal rights and duties at an early stage, before the legal issues can become serious and frustrating. This manual should help researchers identify when they need copyright clearances and show how to obtain them. It should also help graduate students protect their own copyrights." --Preface
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
(Peter B. Hirtle)
This chart indicates term of copyright and when various types of published and unpublished works pass into the public domain.
How to Legally Link Articles to your Courses
(Laura Cousineau, MLS, MUSC Library)
Linking to an electronic journal article, rather than making the full text available in a course pack or course management system like WebCT, avoids copyright issues like fair use and the need for permission to use. This presentation describes how to create links to full text electronic journal articles indexed in PubMed.
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Know Your Copy Rights - What You Can Do
(Association of Research Libraries)
This brochure is designed for teaching faculty and assistants. It "offers tips on when works can be used lawfully in your teaching without requesting permission or incurring additional cost." Topics covered include fair use, advantages of linking to content, and special provisions for displaying or performing works in classes. A helpful chart categorizes types of works and when they can be used. This link takes you to a page where you can download the brochure and the chart.
Using Copyrighted Works in Your Teaching-- FAQ
(Peggy Hoon, JD)
Questions Faculty and Teaching Assistants Need to Ask Themselves Frequently. This 2-part essay provides answers to basic questions about common copyright questions. The author states, "This FAQ is arranged around a sequence of 6 overarching questions that collectively represent a good-faith analysis for circumstances that are common in teaching at most universities." Part 1 covers traditional classroom settings and part 2 covers use in the online classroom/course management system. This is written in plain language and provides an excellent foundation for understanding.
What You Need to Know About Copyright
(Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center. North Carolina State University Libraries)
Basic information for faculty and students about the application of copyright law in academia. Includes links to further information about educational use, including classroom exceptions, the TEACH Act, fair use, digital and distance education, and more.