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Copyright, Fair Use & the Creative Commons: Resources

This guide provides students, faculty and staff information and resources for copyright, fair use and the Creative Commons.

TEACH Act Resources

The TEACH Act (2002) redefines the terms and conditions on which accredited, nonprofit educational institutions throughout the U.S. may use copyright protected materials in distance education - including on websites and by other digital means - without permission from the copyright owner and without payment of royalties.

Comprehensive Resources

Image And Audio Resources

Need copyright friendly resources? We've got a guide for those! Whether you need photos, music, or video, these sources here will lead you to work that is appropriate for scholarly or creative use.  Below are selected examples.

Other Sources

Creative Commons: An alternative to copyright.

"10 Big Myths about copyright explained": "An attempt to answer common myths about copyright seen on the net and cover issues related to copyright and USENET/Internet publication."

Copyright Website: This well done resource from an intellectual property attorney discusses fair use and public domain, famous copyright infringement cases, and the basics of the law and registration. Also has current news and a discussion group.

Best Practices for "Orphan Works" from the Society of American Archivists.

Copyright Watch collects and monitors copyright laws from all over the world.

Primary Sources on Copyright (1450-1900) is international in scope including documents from the U.S.