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Copyright Resources

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(AAA) U.S. Copyright Office

According to the website, you will find information and updates, key publications including informational circulars, application forms for copyright registration, links to the copyright law and to the homepages of other copyright-related organizations, a link to online copyright records cataloged since 1978, Congressional testimony, press releases, and much more. One of the informational circulars #21 Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians answers a lot of questions about what you can & cannot copy & under what circumstances. There are circulars on many copyright topics. The section of FAQs is a good start on learning about copyright.


American Library Association 

Has more information on print, non-print, and digital copyright issues with links to Intellectual Freedom issues.  It also includes policies and help from the ALA on many issues concerning education.


American Library Association Copyright Slider

An online tool that tells you whether or not you need to get permission for use of the material.


CMLE Copyright LibGuide

Central Minnesota Libraries Exchange (CMLE) has created a Copyright LibGuide that includes info on copyright, fair use, plagiarism, articles, & resources. Handy first stop for info.


Center for Social Media 

"Helping people make media that matters"

This group investigates, showcases and sets standards for socially engaged media-making. Great source for information on "fair use."


Columbia University Libraries/Information Services Copyright Advisory Office

Useful site maintained by the University as a resource on education & fair use. Offers sections on copyright ownership, public domain, permissions, and much more.


Copyright Alliance for Educators

A non-profit, non-partisan educational organization dedicated to the value of copyright as an agent for creativity, jobs and growth. As part of its educational mission, Copyright Alliance aims to identify valuable curriculum guides and other educational resources and make those resources available to educators.


Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers

Useful chart that outlines what is permissible under US Copyright Law.


Copyright for Educators

Slideshow presentation.


Copyright Law Dos and Dont's

Twelve easy to read and understand rules regarding copyright laws. This is a great place to begin to understand copyright, and dispells some myths about copyright that many people have.


Copyright Website

According to the website, "the ultimate copyright portal. Endeavoring to provide real world, practical copyright information for over a decade.

  • Specialized information for webmasters, musicians, moviemakers, screenwriters, programmers and photographers.
  • General copyright information for educators, students, web-surfers, re-mixers, mash-uppers and confused citizens.
  • Copyright management solutions, including the web's first online Copyright Registration service."


Cornell University: Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States

This chart was first published in Peter B. Hirtle, "Recent Changes To The Copyright Law: Copyright Term Extension," Archival Outlook, January/February 1999.  This version is current as of 1 January 2013 . The most recent version is found here. For some explanation on how to use the chart and complications hidden in it, see Peter B. Hirtle, "When is 1923 Going to Arrive and Other Complications of the U.S. Public Domain," Searcher (Sept 2012). (Link to item in the ELM databases.)


Creative Commons

According to the website, 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." We're a nonprofit organization. Everything we do — including the software we create — is free.


Fair use chart - Lewis Library

A simple-to-follow chart that may help you determine whether or not your use of an item is fair use or may require permission.


Fair use checklist - Columbia University Libraries

A PDF where you can check off reasons why and how you're using something to determine whether or not it's fair use.


Fair use for web resources - video tutorial from Tech & Learning

Watch the video for help determining how to apply fair use to web resources you want to use in the classroom.


Fair use info from Univ of MN - Thinking Through Fair Use

A tool where you check off reasons why and how you're using something to determine whether or not it's fair use.


Films in the Classroom

This pdf from the American Library Association clarifies some questions about when it is permissible to show a film (in part or in its entirety) in a classroom.



This collection of infographics will let you learn about the current state of copyright law. Collected by EBook Friendly.


Please Don't Cheat

This site offers teachers & students concepts & tools around copyright, plagiarism, digital ethics, and more. This Product was supported in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services.


Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians

A 24-page circular from the U.S. Copyright Office which discusses copyright and fair use.


School Video News

A free online emagazine that addresses many issues around video production. The Legal/Grants section often discusses copyright issues.


Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Resources

Great website by Stanford on copyright and fair use. A must-read!


The Stanford Fair Use Project

"The Stanford Center for Internet and Society's "Fair Use Project" ("the FUP") was founded in 2006 to provide legal support to a range of projects designed to clarify, and extend, the boundaries of "fair use" in order to enhance creative freedom." Source for news on Fair Use lawsuits, news, and more.


Teacher's First Copyright and Fair Use Wiki

This collection of reviewed resources from TeachersFirst is selected to help teachers, parents, and students understand concepts of copyright and Fair Use.  This collection includes instructional activities about copyright and collections/tools to use images, music, and texts legally, either through Fair Use or Creative Commons licensing. Use these resources to model and teach ethical use of electronic media or to find copyright-safe raw materials for student projects. Be sure to share these resources with students for them to access any time they have a project to do.

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