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from the U. S. Copyright Office
Figuring out when it's okay to use a source can sometime be confusing. Terms like "fair use" and "plagiarism" and "licensing" and "citation" seem contradictory in their definitions. Hopefully, the information you find here will help you in your research.
Of course, when in doubt, you should always cite sources.
- Samford University has an official policy on Copyright, which can be downloaded here (Word doc).
- U.S. Copyright Office
copyright basics, ownership, permission, registration, legislation, etc.
- Copyright for Students
your rights, plagiarism, royalty free resources; from Ball State University
- Copyright Flowchart
Can I use it? Yes? No? If this, then...
- Rules and Permissions for Audio-visual Media Copyright law and Audio-visual Materials
from Brown University
- Creative Thinking
class lessons, films, and activities on plagiarism and copyright awareness for the classroom; everything needed to present engaging content for teens and young adults in multiple disciplines from junior high school through freshman level college courses; tied to state and national standards
- Author's Rights, Tout de Suite
designed to give journal article authors a quick introduction to key aspects of authors' rights, and to foster further exploration of this topic though use of relevant references to online documents and links to pertinent Web sites; by Charles W. Bailey, Jr.
- Center for the Study of the Public Domain
"to promote research and scholarship on the contributions of the public domain to speech, culture, science and innovation, to promote debate about the balance needed in our intellectual property system and to translate academic research into public policy solutions" - from the site
- Columbia Copyright Advisory Office
Copyright quick guide, fair use checklist, model forms, model publication agreements, and guides for libraries
- Copyright Crash Course
fair use, ownership and permissions, digital copyright issues, and more
- Copyright Information Center
information on copyright policy, copyright clearance services, and copyright training and tutorials
- Copyright Advisory Network
forum for librarians to discuss copyright issues, with one another and with ALA-trained copyright experts
- Copyright for Music Librarians
not just for librarians ; FAQ's especially helpful for computer software, fair use, composers, laws and codes, MIDI and other files, off-air recording, performing rights, preservation, reserves, and videos
- Copyright Office Toll Free
Call the Copyright Office toll free to listen to recorded information, get technical support for online registration or to speak to a specialist. This is a PDF file.
- Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
when works pass into the public domain; by Peter B. Hirtle
More educational films about copyright and plagiarism are available at Creative Thinking. See the link at the left for the complete Creative Thinking site.