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Library Resource Guide for: COPYRIGHT

Selected Internet Resources for Copyright:


  • Authors and Their Rights
    This ARL sponsored site, includes a list of author rights websites at major U.S. research universities.

  • Creative Commons
    "Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."

  • GNU Free Documentation License
    "The purpose of this License is to make a manual, textbook, or other functional and useful document "free" in the sense of freedom: to assure everyone the effective freedom to copy and redistribute it, with or without modifying it, either commercially or noncommercially. Secondarily, this License preserves for the author and publisher a way to get credit for their work, while not being considered responsible for modifications made by others." Preamble

  • Scholar's Copyright Project
    "Providing standard, responsible copyright agreements ensuring the right of scholars to archive their work on the public Internet."

  • Sherpa/Romeo: Publisher Copyright Policies and Self-Archiving
    "Use this site to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher's copyright transfer agreement"

  • SPARC: Author's Addendum
    "The SPARC Author Addendum is a legal instrument that modifies the publisher’s agreement and allows you to keep key rights to your articles. The Author Addendum is a free resource developed by SPARC in partnership with Creative Commons and Science Commons , established non-profit organizations that offer a range of copyright options for many different creative endeavors."

  • International Agreements:

  • Berne Convention
    The Berne Convention describes international agreements on intellectual property. The U.S. became a signatory in 1988.

  • Internet Resources:

  • Compleat World Copyright Site
    A megasite by "By Author, Country, Institute, Journal, Media, Multilateral & Topic"

  • Copyright resources on the Web: Sites to keep you current
    ACRL's site is maintained by David Hodgins and includes an authoritztive list of copyright sites useful to librarians, educators and information professionals.

  • Copyright Website
    Run by Benedict O'Mahoney, an intellectual property attorney, the Copyright Website seeks "to provide transparency to a particularly opaque and obtuse area of intellectual property." Of particular interest, is the "Fair Use Visualizer" that allows you to score various aspects of a particular use of copyrighted material and get a visual score of whether or not your particualr use is likely to be Fair Use.

  • Legal resources:

  • Copyright Renewal Database
    Stanford University Libraries have provided an extremely useful resource for determining the copyright renewal status of U.S. published books (only) between 1923 and 1963. Works published after Jan. 1, 1964 were automatically renewed with various revisions in the law, but works published after 1923 and not renewed...

  • Copyright Term and the Public Domain
    Peter Hirtle's detailed a highly useful chart on how long copyright lasts for a wide range of publications.

  • U. S. Copyright Office - Copyright Law of the United States
    Includes full text in html or pdf of the last six enactments under Title 17 of the United States Code. Also includes full text of the 2004 circular "Copyright Law of the United States"

  • Publishers:

  • AAP: Association of American Publishers
    Trade organization of the American book publishing industry. Although its concerns are much broader than copyright, it addresses issues such as Google's Library project, textbook piracy, etc.

  • MPAA: Motion Picture Association of America
    Focuses on motion picture piracy and copyright issues relating to the motion picture industry. Includes news of recent legal actions and current litigation.

  • RIAA: Recording Industry Association of America
    The website of the RIAA -- usually full of recent copyright news as it realtes to music and the recording industry. The legal cases section of the "Press Room" follows current litigation.

  • Users of Copyright:

  • Bound By Law?
    James Boyle's funny and sometimes cynical look at the pitfalls of copyrighted works appearing incidentally in a documentary filmmaker's work.

  • CIS: Center for Internet and Society
    "In the heart of the Silicon Valley, legal doctrine is emerging that will determine the course of civil rights and technological innovation for decades to come. The Center for Internet and Society (CIS), housed at Stanford Law School and a part of the Law, Science and Technology Program, is at the apex of this evolving area of law." -- CIS Website. Includes blog, links and lists of forthcoming events.

  • Future of Music Coalition
    "The Future of Music Coalition is a not-for-profit collaboration between members of the music, technology, public policy and intellectual property law communities. The FMC seeks to educate the media, policymakers, and the public about music / technology issues, while also bringing together diverse voices in an effort to come up with creative solutions to some of the challenges in this space" -- website

  • UCLA Faculty Principles on the Use of Streaming Videos
    Outlnies a 2010 policy developed at UCLA.