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Resources to help students and teachers understand and respect copyright and fair use in all formats
Last Updated: May 8, 2014 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates
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Best Practices in Education

What is Copyright and Fair use?

  • Columbia University Fundamentals of Copyright
    A series of podcasts, typically about 15 minutes in length, especially suited for providing members of the academic community a guide to the fundamentals of copyright for teaching, research, and other pursuits.
  • Copyright Crash Course
    From the University of Texas Libraries. Clear, accessible explanations regarding fair use of copyrighted material.
  • Copyright for Librarians
    An online tutorial developed by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL).
  • Fair Use Tutorial  
    Tutorials to help users understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code.
  • Introduction to Copyright Law  
    A no cost online course from MIT’s OpenCourseWare. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science course, with specifics on copyright applying to music and audiovisual content. Reading list, syllabus and 4 video lectures.
  • Stanford Copyright & Fair Use  
    From Stanford University. Emphasis is on copyright issues especially relevant to the education and library community -
  • TEACH Act (S. 487)  
    Explanation of the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (“TEACH”) Act (S. 487), created to "remove technologically obsolete legal provisions as an impediment to carrying forward the distance education activities sanctioned by Congress in 1976 into the twenty-first century, without killing a nascent and potentially important market for right holders."

Evaluation Tools

  • Digital Image Rights Computator
    A tool to assess the intellectual property status of a specific image.
  • Fair Use Evaluator
    Use to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code, and document your effort. Does not provide legal advice.
    From, provided by the American Library Associations' office for Information Technology Policy.
  • Stanford: Charts & Tools  
    Multiple options re: digital images, library/archives exemptions, multimedia in classrooms, fair use and best practices.

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