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US Copyright Law

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries: The Association of Research Libraries' Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, is a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education. The Code was developed in partnership with the Center for Social Media and the Washington College of Law at American University.

Copyright and Fair Use: Stanford University Libraries: The Stanford Copyright & Fair Use site includes primary case law, statutes, regulations, as well as current feeds of newly filed copyright lawsuits, pending legislation, regulations, copyright office news, scholarly articles, blog and twitter feeds from practicing attorneys and law professors.

Its emphasis is on copyright issues especially relevant to the education and library community, including examples of fair use and policies.  - See more at: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/about/#sthash.NeQ3b4hx.dpuf

The Stanford Copyright & Fair Use site was started by Mike Keller, Vicky Reich and Tim Stanley in 1996 to support a talk that Mike was about to give. The talk was about the Michigan Documents Services case and whether it was Fair Use for a local copyshop to make coursepacks for university students. The idea for the site was proposed on a Wednesday and the site was up and running by the next Monday.

It’s grown a bit over the years, and today includes primary case law, statutes, regulations, as well as current feeds of newly filed copyright lawsuits, pending legislation, regulations, copyright office news, scholarly articles, blog and twitter feeds from practicing attorneys and law professors.

- See more at: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/about/#sthash.HDkm5UB1.dp

The Stanford Copyright & Fair Use site was started by Mike Keller, Vicky Reich and Tim Stanley in 1996 to support a talk that Mike was about to give. The talk was about the Michigan Documents Services case and whether it was Fair Use for a local copyshop to make coursepacks for university students. The idea for the site was proposed on a Wednesday and the site was up and running by the next Monday.

It’s grown a bit over the years, and today includes primary case law, statutes, regulations, as well as current feeds of newly filed copyright lawsuits, pending legislation, regulations, copyright office news, scholarly articles, blog and twitter feeds from practicing attorneys and law professors.

- See more at: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/about/#sthash.HDkm5UB1.dpuf

The Copyright Page: The Server has been online since March 1997. It provides information about intellectual property law including patent, trademark and copyright.  Resources include comprehensive links, general information, space for professionals to publish articles and forums for discussing related issues.

Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute: The Institute is a not-for-profit group that believes everyone should be able to read and understand the laws that govern them, without cost.

American University Center for Social Media - Fair Use Best Practices: The Center for Media & Social Impact at American University, formerly the Center for Social Media, is an innovation lab and research center that studies, designs, and showcases media for social impact. Focusing on independent, documentary and public media, the Center bridges boundaries between scholars, producers and communication practitioners across media production, media impact, public policy and audience engagement.

General Online Guides to Copyright

Columbia University - Copyright Advisory Office: Its central function is to address in an innovative, creative, and pragmatic manner the relationship between copyright law and the work of the university community.

Copyright Crash Course: A copyright guide from the University of Texas.

Library Copyright Alliance: The Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) members are the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Content and resources found on this site reflect the voice of LCA and its members on copyright and related intellectual property laws and treaties, nationally and internationally.

Getting Permission to Use Materials Under Copyright

Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office: This page has model permission letters developed by the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship.

The WATCH File: The WATCH File is a database to be used for locating copyright holders. WATCH is run jointly by the Harry Ransom Center and Reading University Library.

Public Domain and Orphan Works

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States

Duke University Center for The Study of the Public Domain

https://copyright.columbia.edu/

The Public Domain [Stanford University]

http://www.ala.org/advocacy/copyright/

Copyright Crash Course: The Public Domain and Orphan Works

Copyright Organizations

Association of Research Libraries: ARL provides overview information concerning many areas of copyright as it affects higher education and scholarly communication.

Copyright Clearance Center: Also known as CCC, this organization offers permissions services and a variety of services for copyright owners.

United States Copyright Office: Here you will find all our key publications, including informational circulars; application forms for copyright registration; links to the copyright law and to the home pages of other copyright-related organizations; news of what the Office is doing, including Congressional testimony and press releases; our latest regulations; a link to our online copyright records cataloged since 1978; and much more.

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO): The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an intergovernmental organization with headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. It is one of the 16 specialized agencies of the United Nations system of organizations. WIPO is responsible for the promotion of the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among States, and for the administration of various multilateral treaties dealing with the legal and administrative aspects of intellectual property. The site contains the text of the WIPO Treaty on Copyright

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