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How to Determine Compliance

Resources for making and tracking decisions about fair use, coursepacks, permissions, the TEACH Act, and other copyright issues
Copyright Office free phone service
Have a copyright/fair use question? You can call the US Copyright Office 800 number, push 3 and get a human being copyright expert!
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Use this tool to determine whether a published or unpublished work is protected by copyright or in the public domain.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.
A Map of Use Issues
(University of Minnesota Libraries)
"There are a lot of issues involved in figuring out if copyright requires you to seek permission (and often, pay a fee) for some use you'd like to make, or if copyright allows you to make the use without permission." The map and outline illustrate how to think through a complex process.
Sherpa/RoMEO: Publisher copyright policies & self archiving
(SHERPA. Securing a Hybrid Environment for Research Preservation and Access)
This site, based in the UK, is designed to assist authors in managing their rights by categorizing rights in a standard format. Authors can  view summaries of publishers' copyright policies in relation to self-archiving, check to see if publisher policies comply with funding regulations, and search journal and publisher information by Journal Title, Publisher Name and ISSN. Not all publishers are represented and not all records are up-to-date, but this is a good place to find out which publishers follow "open access" policies more closely.
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How to Determine Compliance
Resources for making and tracking decisions about fair use, coursepacks, permissions, the TEACH Act, and other copyright issues
more info Copyright Office free phone service
more info Is it Protected by Copyright?
more info A Map of Use Issues
more info Sherpa/RoMEO: Publisher copyright policies & self archiving