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College of DuPage Library Materials

Althouse, Jay. Copyright, the Complete Guide for Music Educators. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1997.
KF 3035 .Z9 A48 1997

Baer, Marjorie. "Copyright and the Visual Arts." Macworld. October 1996. v. 13 (10). p163(5).

Besenjak, Cheryl. Copyright Plain and Simple. Franklin Lakes, NJ: Career Press, 2001.
KF 2995 .B47 2001

Butler, Rebecca P. Copyright for Teachers and Librarians. New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2004.
KF 2995 .B88 2004

Fishman, Stephen. The Public Domain: How to Find Copyright-Free Writings, Music, Art, and More. Berkeley, CA: Nolo, 2008.
KF 3022 .Z9 P825 2008

Hoffmann, Gretchen McCord. Copyright in Cyberspace: Questions and Answers for Librarians. New York: Neal -Schuman Publishers, c2001.
KF 3030.1 .Z9 H64 2001

Kozak, Ellen M. Every Writer's Guide to Copyright and Publishing Law. New York : H. Holt, 2004.
KF 3020 .Z9 K685 2004

Lipinski, Tomas A. The Complete Copyright Liability Handbook for Librarians and Educators. New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2006.
KF 3080 .L57 2006

-----. Copyright Law and the Distance Education Classroom. Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2005.
KF 4209 .E38 L57 2005

Martin, John V. ed. Copyright: Current Issues and Laws. New York: Nova Science Publishers, c2002.
KF 2995 .C67 2002

Samuels, Edward B. The Illustrated Story of Copyright. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2000.
KF 2994 .S26 2000

Stim, Richard. Getting Permission: How to License & Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off. Berkeley, CA : Nolo, 2007.
KF 3002 .Z9 G38 2007

Wilson, Lee. The Copyright Guide: a Friendly Handbook for Protecting and Profiting from Copyrights. New York: Allworth Press, 2003.
KF 2995 .W475 2003

Wilson, Lee. Fair Use, Free Use, and Use by Permission: How to Handle Copyrights in All Media . New York: Allworth Press, 2005.
KF 2995 .W477 2005

General Web Sites / Articles

American Library Association: Copyright Advisory Network

Association of Research Libraries: Know your Copy Rights

BitLaw: A Resource on Technology Law

Bloggers Beware: Debunking Nine Copyright Myths of the Online World, by Kathy Biehl
Excellent article on use of online material.

Campus Copyright Rights and Responsibilities: A Basic Guide to Policy Considerations
(Association of American Universities, Association of Research Libraries, Association of American University Presses, and Association of American Publishers)

Coalition for Networked Information

Copyright and Licensing Digital Materials - A Resource Guide, by Therese A. Clarke Arado

Copyright for Music Librarians (Music Library Association)

The Copyright Website

FindLaw - Legal Subjects - Intellectual Property Law - Copyright

Kohn on Music Licensing

Michael Brewer and the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy: Public Domain Tool

National Initiative for a Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH): Copyright Town Meetings (and other articles)

Sherpa: Publisher Copyright Policies and Self-archiving

Tarlton Law Library Current Copyright Literature
"The 'Current copyright literature' website is a resource for keeping informed of current articles related to U.S. copyright law. This service is edited by Tobe Liebert, the Assistant Director for Collection Development & Special Projects at the Tarlton Law Library."

Ten Big Myths About Copyright Explained

Government Sites

Copyright Circulars and Form Letters

These are pamphlets and letters of opinion produced by the Copyright Office. They are easy to read and very up-to-date. The following circulars are of particular interest:

Copyright Law: US Code, Title 17

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998

Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998: U.S. Copyright Office Summary

Study Required by Section 104 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

U. S. Copyright Office Study on Distance Education

USPTO Site (United States Patent and Trademark Office)

Other College, University, and School Sites

Copyright and Fair Use: Stanford University Libraries

Copyright at the University of Michigan

The Copyright Corner from Parson's School of Design
Concentrates on copyright for artists and art students.

Copyright Indiana University

Cornell Law School. Legal Information Institute

Guide to Copyright Information for Print-Based Material and Computer Software at Bridgewater State College, Maxwell Library

Intellectual Property: The Catholic University of America, Office of General Counsel

US Copyright: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

University System of Georgia. USG Copyright Policy

Washington State University. University Publishing: Copyright

Copyright for Students

The following sites offer copyright information that is specifically aimed at students. Remember these sites may also have requirements or interpretations that are specific to that particular college or university.

Copyright for Students (Ball State)

Student Copyright Information: What Copyright Means to You (Washburn University)

Tutorials, Videos, and Other Online Tools

Bound by Law © 2006 Keith Aoki, James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins
Uses a comic book approach to look at copyright, fair use, and the public domain in the production of film documentaries. Authors are Duke University School of Law professors.
PDF version. Flash version.

The © Primer

Copyright Basics
Explains copyright issues in the business world. From the Copyright Clearance Center which licenses use.

Copyright Crash Course (University of Texas at Austin)

Copyright on Campus
Explains copyright issues in the academic setting. From the Copyright Clearance Center which licenses use.

Copyright Permissions for Multimedia (power point presentation)

Digital Copyright Slider
Enter information about your source to see if permission is needed.

Exceptions for Instructors
Answer a series of questions to see whether your use of copyrighted permission is permissable.

Fair Use Visualizer
Presents a fair use determination in a graphic form.

A Fair(y) Use Tale
Uses Disney clips to illustrate fair use.

Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses (Baruch College)

Legal Decisions

Bridgeman Art Library, Ltd. v. Corel Corp., 36 F. Supp. 2d 191 (S.D.N.Y. 1999)

The court ruled that direct accurate photographic reproductions of two-dimensional artwork lacked enough creativity to be original and thus protected under copyright law. The original work may still be protected, but not the photograph. If the art is in the public domain, no one may have legal rights to the image. If the photograph did exhibit some originality such as in angle or lighting, then it could qualify for copyright protection. A photograph of a three-dimensional artwork might more easily qualify due to choices of angle or other creative choices.

Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music, Inc., 510 US 569, 579 n.11 (1994)

A parody of the song, "Pretty Woman", done by a rap group, was held to be within the fair use exemption.

Marcus v. Rowley, 695 F 2d 1171 (9th Cir. 1983)

An adult education teacher gave her class a twenty-four-page handout, of which eleven pages were copied from a copyrighted pamphlet of another teacher. The court found that this was not fair use since it contained a substantial part of the original, it contained the original's most important parts, and was in direct competition.

Penelope v. Brown, 792 F. Supp. 132 (D. Mass. 1992)

Brown, who wrote a book for aspiring authors, copied sentences from Penelope's book on English grammar and usage. The court rules that it was fair use since it greatly expanded on the sentences copied.

Playboy Enterprises Inc. v. Frena, 839 F. Supp 152 (m.d. Fla., 1993)

An individual digitized a Playboy photograph and uploaded it onto a bulletin board system where it was then downloaded by another user. The court found that that action affected the distribution rights of the copyright owner (Playboy).

Ringgold v. Black Entertainment Television, Inc., 126 F. 3d 70 (2d Cir. 1997)

Faith Ringgold's copyrighted poster "Church Picnic Story Quilt" appeared as the backdrop in a set created by Black Entertainment Inc. The court ruled in favor of Ringgold.

Tasini v. The New York Times, 206 F.3d 161

Freelance authors claimed that the New York Times and other online database vendors had violated their copyrights by publishing and distributing their articles in electronic databases. The court found in favor of the authors; that express permission to publish their work only applied to the original collective form and not to other collections such as electronic databases. This allows for the possibility that some libraries that do not have paper or microfilm copies, but are relying on electronic databases, may have gaps in their collections since the publishers must either pay the freelancers to include their articles or pull them from the databases.

United States v. Levy

A student at the University of Oregon posted copyrighted movies, music, and software on his website for others to copy. He was sentenced to two-year probation for copyright infringement.

Best Practices

These are interpretations of what is acceptable. They do not replace the law itself or a fair use evaluation.

Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-related Materials

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open CourseWare

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication

Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use

Society for Cinema and Media Studies' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use in Teaching for Film and Media Educators

Society for Cinema and Media Studies' Statement of Fair Use Best Practices for Media Studies Publishing

Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Dance-Related Materials.

Updated: November 2010

Copyright Home Law Permissions Fair Use Public Domain C.O.D. Guidelines General Guidelines Teach Act Other Resources FAQ's News

The information on this site is intended to inform the faculty, staff and
students at the College of DuPage about copyright and to provide guidelines
for using and creating copyrighted material. The information should not
be considered legal advice.

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