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Copyright and Fair Use

Copyright and fair use are very complicated issues with more areas of grey than black & white. This library guide will help answer some basic questions you may have about working with copyrighted print and electronic materials.

Online Resources about Copyright

Copyright FAQ -- Answers to frequently asked questions; published by the United States Copyright Office.

Fair use on campus -- A short animated video explaining fair use duties and obligations for college instructors.

Fair use evaluator -- Use this interactive tool to help determine whether your proposed use of copyrighted materials would qualify as a fair use.


Creative Commons license explained -- A brief video explaining Creative Commons licenses and usage.

Creative Commons search engine -- This search engine allows you to conduct a keyword search for various types of media with Creative Commons licenses.

Stanford copyright resources -- S tanford's library has a fantastic, in-depth guide to copyright and fair use. Included is both general information on the subject and a curated collection of litigation and up-to-date news pertaining to copyright issues in the U.S.


Public domain dates -- Produced by Cornell University, this chart explains when various materials became or will become part of the public domain.

Public domain search engine -- A curated (but not comprehensive) collection of intellectual works in the public domain.

Recommended University Copyright Websites

University System of Georgia Copyright Policy -- Excellent and comprehensive guide to copyright in both physical and virtual environments produced by the Legal Department of the USG.

USG Guide to the TEACH Act -- These detailed guidelines about copyright in the online environment, especially in course management systems, were also produced by the Legal Department of the USG.

Stanford copyright resources-- Stanford's library has a fantastic, in-depth guide to copyright and fair use. Included is both general information on the subject and a curated collection of litigation and up-to-date news pertaining to copyright issues in the U.S.

Copyright Clearance Center Resources

Copyright on Campus is a six-minute video production of the Copyright Clearance Center, the leading organization in the U.S. for learning about copyright compliance in all industries and for seeking copyright permissions. CCC offers this concise animated film as an introduction to fair use on college campuses.

Note that the terms of this video's use are clearly defined on the page--linking to the page that contains the video is is allowed, but embedding the video is not!

Copyright in Academia (a webinar just over 30 minutes long) is intended to provide a short, but in-depth look at important concerns surrounding the use of copyright-protected content within an academic environment. Included are discussions of copyright compliance in course management systems and e-reserves, and how specific copyright laws such as the DCMA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act, 1998) and the TEACH Act (Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act, 2002) provide refinements of existing law regarding copyright on the Internet and in the digital classroom respectively. Here is a quick summary of how the TEACH Act impacts academic institutions.

Note that the terms of this webinar's use are clearly defined on its page. You can linking to the page that provides access to the webinar, but to view it, you must provide personally identifying information to download it to your browser for viewing.