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Guides and Tutorials from MUSC and Others

Articles for Your Courses: Building stable links to online articles
(Laura Cousineau, MUSC Library)
Follow these instructions to construct links that will legally lead students from your course syllabus to the full text of published articles.
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Checklist for Fair Use
(Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC))
This checklist can be used to evaluate whether your educational use of a copyrighted resource meets the fair use standards in the Copyright Act. The accompanying Introduction provides additional explanation about fair use analysis. Based on the IUPUI Checklist, this checklist is organized into four major sections, reflecting the factors involved in determining fair use. Each section lists indicators that either favor or oppose fair use. Can be printed to retain a record of how faculty arrive at a fair use decision.
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...or Copy Wrong. What you need to know about compliance
(Karen Hallenbeck, JD, Foundation for Research Development & Thierry Bacro, PhD, College of Medicine, MUSC)
A copyright refresher presented on January 20, 2010. Covers the basics of copyright law, including fair use and applying copyright to distance education. Learn about "safe harbor" guidelines and good faith compliance for your posters, presentations, courses, and publications. Click on the small icon at the right of the title bar to expand the slides.
Coursepack Copyright Compliance Guidance
(University Education Infrastructure Committee. Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC))
This document and accompanying decision flow diagram helps you think through copyright compliance for coursepack materials.
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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Who Owns My Work? Asserting and Maintaining Your Copyright
(G. Randall Watts, M.Div., MS. MUSC Library)
This presentation by an MUSC librarian discusses how to manage your rights as an author. It covers copyright basics, your rights as an author, and how to think about assigning some rights to a publisher while retaining others for yourself.
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Other Universities & Organizations
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.
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.
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 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.
Copyright Tutorial
(University of Texas)
This online tutorial "will help you learn about how ownership of copyrighted materials works, what is fair use and when and how to get permission to use someone else\'s materials. The Tutorial pages include links to pages in the Copyright Crash Course ( the University of Texas's copyright site) and to copyright law."
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.
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.
The TEACH Act: Section 110(2) of the Copyright Act
(North Carolina State University)
Updated (2010) discussion of the TEACH Act, passed in 2002, focusing on how to assess use of resources for online courses in the context of the entire law. Move through sections of the TEACH Act Toolkit using the left navigation bar. The implementation section includes links to checklists from other universities that can help determine compliance.
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.
(University of Maryland University College)
"The Primer is an introduction to issues concerning copyright ownership and use of information. The interactive tutorial overviews the underlying principles behind copyright in the United States, outlines the requirements for copyright protection as well as discusses the parameters of use and access of copyrighted material." The quiz consists of scenarios that reflect typical academic issues and activites.