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Copyright resources

Catholic University of America, the Office of General Council.
Information and explanation of the law and current legislation. The Q&A section provides real world examples of applying laws and guidelines.

Copyright Management Center.
A resource from Indiana University that provides information that will be useful for beginners and veterans alike. The former should see the Copyright Quick guide, which provides a brief introduction and background to copyright. The Fair Use and Permissions Information will be of interest to the latter. These sections contain a wealth of practical information and links to further resources about services, such as reserves, interlibrary loan, distance education, etc.

Electronic Reserves Resources.
A collection of resources devoted to electronic reserves. Ignore the potentially head-spinning background and one finds a healthy collection of links to information about electronic reserves and copyright, including current policies at several colleges and universities.

Stanford University Libraries: Copyright and Fair Use.
Stanford University Libraries provides information and resources on, among other areas, the murky topic of fair use. Note the section titled "Summaries of Fair Use Cases", which draws upon case history to provide real world examples of application of the law.

Vaughn Memorial Library
Tutorial on just what you need to do to follow copyright law.

Bruin Success with Less Stress
Explains the ins and outs of intellectual property, file sharing, citing sources, etc.

Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom on the Internet and the World Wide Web
Very detailed explanation of the law.

Quoting and Paraphrasing Sources
These tips will help you avoid accidental plagiarism.

How to Avoid Plagiarism
This site explains what plagiarism is and how to prevent common mistakes.

Guidelines and copyright Law

CONTU Guidelines on Photocopying under Interlibrary Loan Arrangements.
Interlibrary loan services rely in part on CONTU's (National Commission on New Technological Uses of Copyright Works) guidelines for reproducing copyrighted works. The guidelines specify criteria such as the amount and frequency of reproductions and the proper way to document transactions.

U.S. Code Collection.
Title 17 covers U.S. copyright law. Section 108 should interest all information seekers as it grants rights that are fundamental to the operation of libraries. The code is searchable by keyword (Boolean operators and wildcards are supported) as well as title and section.

Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
The text of the bills from the Library of Congress.
DMCA is a hotly debated topic; for a long, but fairly objective background and summary of the law, see the U.S. Copyright Office¡¯s text of the Executive Summary.

Library Digitization Projects & Copyright.
Analysis and interpretation of copyright law from attorney (and former librarian) Mary Minow. Minow provides information on major issues such as public domain, permissions, and fair use. Her explanations are clear and her analysis draws on everyday scenarios and examples. Note the extensive footnoting as she provides links to many of the resources she cites.

The TEACH Toolkit.
An in-depth look at the TEACH Act by North Carolina State University. The TEACH Act is composed of complex sets of requirements and circumstances that are made considerably more palatable by the TEACH Toolkit. The toolkit provides basic and expanded checklists and a ¡°best practices¡± for incorporating TEACH in the online classroom.

United States Copyright Office.
The law and policy section of the site conveniently provides PDF and TXT versions of Title 17 and recent legislation. In addition, well-designed fact sheets, brochures, and circulars are available for printing. There is also a link to recent/pending legislation and updates from the Librarian of Congress. The U.S. Copyright Office is an authority on the subject, and they are not shy about sharing their knowledge and resources. Individuals seeking copyrights will find comprehensive information on the registration process and links to the necessary forms. A searchable database of existing copyright registrations and documents (since 1978) is available, as well as information on the search process.

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