Copyright: Selected Websites
- US Code - Title 17 - Copyrights
The letter of the law
- Copyright Clearance Center Pay Per Use Search
Get and pay for a license (permissions) online, or find contact information for the copyright owner so you can request permission by mail.
- Copyright Crash Course
Very thorough and highly recommended compilation of intellectual-property information tailored for a higher-education environment; from the University of Texas.
- Guide to Using Copyrighted Media In Your Courses
This interactive guide to using audio, audiovisual and image materials in face-to-face and online courses is organized on a "subway map" scheme. The source of this information is Baruch College, which is TEACH Act compliant; Empire State College is not. You may not use audio, audiovisual or multimedia resources in an online course without permission from the copyright owner; however, you may link to it.
- Creative Commons
Find Creative Commons licensed material, or use the license selector tool to pick an appropriate CC license for your work and get a "nugget" of code to embed in your work so that people can see the license and search engines can find it.
- Thinking Through Fair Use
Online tool that helps you determine whether what you are doing counts as fair use; from the University of Minnesota
- Copyright Duration for Works First Published Outside the U.S.
A flowchart that helps you determine if a work published outside the U.S. is in the public domain yet; from Public Domain Sherpa
- Copyright Duration for Works First Published in the U.S.
A flowchart that helps you determine if a work published in the U.S. is in the public domain yet; from Public Domain Sherpa
- Anticircumvention (DMCA) and DMCA Safe Harbor
Explains Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anti-circumvention and safe harbor. There is also a form to complete to create your own DMCA counter-notice, but not until you have talked to college counsel; from Chilling Effects Clearinghouse.
- Statement of Best Practices for Media Studies Publishing and Examples of Successful Fair Use in Documentary Film
Thought-provoking and clarifying information on fair use in multimedia; from the Center for Social Media
- How Creativity Is Being Strangled by the Law (video)
Intellectual-property law scholar and founder of the Creative Commons, Larry Lessig, explains what a remix is, why it is so important, and how it fits into the current system of intellectual-property law. This has to do with fair use and transformative works.
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