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Copyright, Fair Use & the Creative Commons: Tutorials

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

Copyright Tutorials

Columbia University's Copyright Advisory Office offers a range of resources and instructional material.

"Copyright for Educatiors and Librarians"  Online course.

Copyright Basics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill Libraries: Includes sections on understanding copyright, how it applies to students, plagiarism, and digital copyright.

Copyright and fair use tutorials from George Mason University Libraries.

"Owning the Past," the copyright chapter from Digital History:A Guide to Gathering, Preserving, and Presenting the Past on the Web from the the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University

City University of New York’s Baruch College interactive guide to using multimedia in courses.

Copyright Primer from the University of Maryland University Center.

Crash Course in Copyright from the University of Texas System.

And for a much more animated explanation of copyright, check out the Copyright Exposed animated videos from the "Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright" series by the Library of Congress.

Another video providing an overiew of copyright is "A Fair(y) Use Tale" created by Prof. Eric Faden of Bucknell.

Northern Kentucky University's Creative Thinking includes class lessons, films, and activities on plagiarism and copyright awareness for the classroom: "Tied to national and state educational standards, this program offers everything needed to present engaging content for teens and young adults in multiple disciplines from junior high school through freshman level college courses. It could also be utilized for public library teen programs and community youth groups. The lesson content promotes research honesty and copyright consciousness for students. Both ethical and legal discussions are presented."

Copyright Basics

Creative Commons Explained

YouTube Copyright School