Copyright Tutorials

Copyright for Librarians - An overview of copyright from Harvard's Berkman Center

Copyright Crash Course - The University of Texas' overview of copyright

Introduction to Copyright Law - An introduction to copyright law offered by MIT's Open Courseware

Fundamentals of Copyright - Podcasts From Kenny Crews at Columbia

General Copyright Tools

Stanford's Copyright Renewal Database - A tool for searching public records to identify works that have had their copyright renewed

Digital Copyright Slider - A quick way to track the duration of copyright on specific work

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States - A very detailed chart on copyright duration

Copyright Law Fundamentals Flowchart - An annotated concept map of copyright law

Section 108 Spinner - ALA's tool for identifying what librarians can do with works

Obtaining Copyright Permission - An overview on the specifics of locating and contacting rightsholders

Use of Copyrighted Music on College and University Campuses - An overview of music copyright for use on campus

Tools for Instructors

Interactive Guide to Using Copyright Media in Your Courses - A tool to help you determine which copyright guidelines apply to your use

TEACH Act Toolkit - A set of tools for using the TEACH Act to support your instruction online

TEACH Act Flowchart - A tool for evaluating the applicability of the TEACH Act to your work

Fair Use Checklist - A tool for evaluating and documenting your decision to claim fair use

A Fair(y) Use Tale - A lighthearted introduction to fair use created using clips from Disney films

Know Your Copyrights - A brochure describing what you can do with copyrighted works

Tools for Authors

Creative Commons License Generator - A tool for generating a Creative Commons license for your work

SPARC Author's Addendum - An addendum to include with your publications agreement to protect your rights as an author

Keep Your Copyrights: A Resource for Creators - An overview of copyright law targeted at content creators

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOJ) - A searchable directory of journals that offer open access publishing

SHERPA/RoMEO - A searchable tool of most major academic journals listing their copyright and author's rights policies

PLoS Article Level Metrics - A metric for evaluating the amount of use and reach of published articles

BioMed Central's Impact factors - Impact factors for BioMed Central's open access journals

NCSU's Guide to Impact Metrics - A tool to help you evaluate the research impact of journals

Copyright Office Circulars Related to Education and Scholarship

General Page - All Information Circulars and factsheets from the Copyright Office

Circ 1: Basics - An overview of copyright law from the Copyright Office

Circ 9: Works Made for Hire - An overview of copyright ownership for employees

Circ 21: Reproduction By Educators and Librarians - Guidelines for educational copying

SL 4: Copyright Fees - A list of fees for copyright registration

FL 102: Fair Use - Fact sheet on fair use with specific examples

Codes of Best Practices

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries - A statement of best practices for librarians using fair use

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies’ Statement of Best Practices for Fair Use in Teaching for Film and Media Educators - A statement of best practices for asserting fair use by educators

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication - A statement of best practices for asserting fair use by researchers

Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use - A statement of best practices for creating documentary films by the Center for Social Media

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video - A statement of best practices for creating online video by the Center for Social Media

Orphan Works: Statement of Best Practices - A statement of best practices for using orphaned works by the American Society of Archivists

Video at Risk: Strategies for Preserving Commercial Video Collections in Research Libraries - A statement of best practices for research libraries