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Online Copyright Resources
10 Big Myths about Copyright
Brad Templeton's essay about 10 copyright myths, from "if it doesn't have a copyright notice it's not copyrighted," to "It doesn't hurt anybody, in fact it's free advertising."
Asking for Permission
Guidelines and model permission letters. This page is licensed by a Creative Commons Attribution License with attribution to its author Dr. Kenneth D. Crews (formerly of Columbia University).
Checklist for Conducting a Fair Use Analysis of Copyrighted Materials
Looking at the four factors of Fair Use (Purpose, nature, amount and effect on the market) can help you determine if a use is fair, or if you should seek permission before copying. Part of the Cornell Copyright Information Center.
The Copyright website from the American Library Association (ALA) is focused primarily on copyright related legislative issues from anti-piracy legislation to the TEACH Act. It also provides Copyright Tools that assist in determining copyright status, evaluating Fair Use criteria and other online tools.
Copyright Advisory Network--Copyright Questions
This forum welcomes copyright questions that are answered by copyright scholars. A project of the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy. Searchable by topic.
Copyright Terms and the Public Domain in the United States
This guide, divided by types and formats, can help determine if a work is in the public domain. Part of the Cornell Copyright Information Center.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to making it easier for people to share and build upon work of others, consistent with the rules of copyright. It provides free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.
Educator's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use
Five part series of lessons about Copyright and the application of Fair Use in schools. Includes links to the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia. Developed by Education World.
Fair Use and Copyright for Online Education
While designed for higher education this online resource included general information about copyright as well as case studies that demonstrate the thought process for identifying if a use is fair.
Fair Use Checklist
Developed by Kenneth Crews and Dwayne K. Butler, this Checklist and its introduction is licensed by a Creative Commons Attribution License with attribution to the original creators of the checklist Kenneth D. Crews (formerly of Columbia University) and Dwayne K. Buttler (University of Louisville).
How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work
This 12-page publication from the U.S. Copyright Office explains the strategies for investigating the copyright status of a work.
United States Copyright Office
Includes federal regulations regarding copyright, directions on how to register for a copyright, and official filing procedures. Created by the Library of Congress.