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Copyright, Fair Use & the Creative Commons: Tools

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

Tools For Instructors


Creative Commons Attribution Example

Mist Lifting off Cedars / dj @ oxherder arts / CC BY-NC-SA

Is it copyrighted? Does fair use apply?

The Digital Copyright Slider is available as a quick guide to answer copyright questions.

The Section 108 Spinner is another online tool helpful in making determiniations about whether reproductions by libraries, archives, and museums can be made for educational or preservation use without the permission of the copyright holder.

The Fair Use Evaluator can help you better understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code, provides documentation of your evaluation, and links you to additional educational material.

The Exceptions for Instructors eTool will help instructors determine fair use of copyrighted works.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States current as of January 1, 2009, from Cornell University.

Crash Course in Copyright from the University of Texas System.

Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use from the Center for Social Media at American University.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries