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Copyright & Fair Use Resources

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What is Copyright? How do I determine if I can use this information?

Understanding the ins and outs of copyright is challenging. The best advice is usually to know where to find the information when you need it, which is why we've compiled the list below.

To get started, here is a short video produced the Copyright Clearance Center that covers the Basics of Copyright in an animated, light-hearted manner.


Primary Sources & Definitions

  • Copyright Law (Cornell Law School's Legal Information Institute) U.S. Code Title 17, Chapter 1, Section 107

 
Fair Use

 

How to get Permission

Here are two good sources for information about obtaining permission along with sample letters for the same:

 


DMCA (Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998)


TEACH Act (Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002)


Select Internet Resources

  • Section 108 Tool (American Library Association)
    A tool that provides guidelines and criteria for library copying of copyrighted works.
  • Copyright Advisory Network from ALA
    "The purpose of this site is to encourage librarians to discuss copyright concerns, and seek feedback and advice from fellow librarians and copyright specialists."


Books on Copyright in Zondervan Library

  • Copyright for librarians and educators: Creative strategies and practical solutions, 2nd ed. Kenneth Crews. 2006. Main Collection 346.730482 C86c
  • The complete copyright liability handbook for librarians and educators. Tomas A. Lipinski. 2006. Main Collection: 346.730482 L66c

 

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Created by Lana Wilson, Research Librarian

Last revised January 28, 2014 - 05:55 PM