Academics

Copyright Resources for Faculty

U.S. Copyright Office
Information on copyright law and legislation.

American University’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use
A committee of scholars at American University developed these best practices for fair use in different academic situations. They are not legally binding, but are meant as guidelines to fair use. You might want to start with their Frequently Asked Questions section.

CCC On Copyright Education Resources
Reports and videos from the Copyright Clearance Center about copyright issues in education.

Copyright Decision Flowcharts at Portland State University
Helps with fair use determinations for use of various types of copyrighted works in the classroom.

Digital Copyright Slider
Tool for determining if a work is in the public domain or not by Michael Brewer and the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy, Copyright Advisory Committee.

Know Your Copyrights: Part I: Uses in the Traditional Face-to-Face Classroom
This article by nationally known copyright expert Peggy Hoon, JD, covers frequently asked questions by teaching faculty regarding use of copyrighted materials in the classroom. These scenarios are written for handling situations in a non-profit institution.

Know Your Copyrights: Part II: Uses in the Online Classroom/Course Management System
The second part of the article by Peggy Hoon, JD, deals with frequently asked questions by teaching faculty regarding use of copyrighted materials in an online classroom or on a course management system. These scenarios are written for handling situations in a non-profit institution.

Know Your Copyrights Brochure
Resources for teaching faculty from the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

Library Copyright Alliance Issue Brief: Streaming of Films for Educational Purposes
Discussion of copyright permissibility of streaming films from a server to a physical classroom.

Fair Use Checklist
From Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office.

Permissions
How to obtain a permission from a copyright owner from Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office.

Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians
A circular from the U.S. Copyright Office

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center
Copyright and fair use overviews for education, including current legislation.

University of Minnesota’s Copyright Information site
General information about copyright and fair use in education

University of Minnesota Copyright Scenarios
This is an excellent collection of typical academic scenarios. Keep in mind that these case studies were written for a non-profit educational institution.