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; originally from Chilling Effects Clearinghouse, now at Lumen Database.
  • 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
  • Laws That Choke Creativity (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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