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General Resources

  • Basic Guide and Index for Patent, Trademark and Copyright Information and Search
    This web site contains a collection of basic reference information on Patent, Copyright and Trademark.
  • Code of Federal Regulations Title 37
    This web site is the latest edition of Federal Regulation Code on Patents, Trademarks, and Copyrights.
  • This site is an overview of the copyright laws.
  • This website contains general copyright information such as codes and regulations, guidelines, applicatoin forms, schedule of fees, etc.
  • This website provides permissions to reproduce copyrighted content such as articles and book chapters in your journals, photocopies, coursepacks, library reserves, Web sites, emails, etc.
  • This site, produced by the U.S Copyright Office, provides you with basic information about registration, fees, compulsory licenses, and other aspects of the copyright process.
  • This site will allow one to search copyright information by selecting one of the three databases provided by the U.S. Copyright Office: 1. Book, Music, etc.; 2. Sericals; 3. Documents which contain records of registrations and ownership documents since 1978.
  • Digital Millennium Copyright Act 1998 (DMCA) and Digital Media Consumer Rights Act 2002 (DMCRA)
    Within this site, the DMCA seeks to update the U.S. copyright laws for the digital age in preparation for ratification of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) treaties. Key topics included in the DMCA are the circumvention of copyright protection systems, fair use in a digital environment, and online service provider (OSP) liability (including details on safe harbors, damages...).
    The DMCRA reaffirms fair use in a networked environment. It resolves concerns regarding hardware and software that permit significant non-infringing uses, and it allows researchers to engage in the scientific research of technological protection measures.
  • U.S. Copyright Office
    This site is to serve the copyright community of creators and users, as well as the general public. Here you will find all key publications of the Office, including informational circulars; application forms for copyright registration; links to the copyright law and to the homepages of other copyright-related organizations; news of what the Office is doing,... .

Copyright in education

  • Guidelines: Copyright and Fair Use (Music Library Association/James Madison University Libraries)
    The guidelines in this link states the minimum standards for educational fair use under Section 106 of H.R. 2223.
  • Classroom use of copyrighted videotapes and computer software
  • Copyright and Distance Education:
    • This website provides the Copyright Office's report on Copyright and Digital Distance Education, which was prepared pursuant to section 403 of DMCA.
    • This site provides information concerning Distance Learning issues which can give rise to complex copyright issues ( the question of ownership of the newly created work as well as the question of "fair use" of existing materials). The links below can guide you to some helpful resources on both points.
  • This page has been established to provide resources for designers of electronic reserves services.
  • This site provides a brief outline of what you legally can and cannot do with software.
  • This website's purpose is to provide guidance to educational institutions, educators, scholars, and students who wish to digitize copyrighted visual images under fair use rather than by seeking authorization from the copyright owners for non-commercial educational purposes.
  • Guideline for educational multimedia
  • This webpage contains guidelines that were developed and approved in April 1976 by the Music Publishers' Association of the United States, Inc., the National Music Publishers' Association, Inc., the Music Teachers National Association, the Music Educators National Conference, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the Ad Hoc Committee on Copyright Law Revision.
  • This site provides standards for both owners and users of copyrighted television programs.
  • Basic information on some of the most important legislative provisions and other documents dealing with reproduction by librarians and educators from Copyright Office is provided within this site.
  • This TEACH Act webpage expands on face-to-face teaching exemptions in copyright law that allows teachers and faculty to use copyrighted works in the "digital classroom" without prior permission from the copyright holder.
  • Web Law Q&A
  • It contains the discussion topics on the second Pew Symposia in Learning and Technology.


Other related issues

Online publications:

  • This webpage was created by the US Copyright Office, in order to provide information concerning what is copyright, who can claim copyright, copyright and national origin of the work, what work is/not protected, how to secure a copyright, etc.
  • This website is created by attorney Georgia Harper to provide an overview of copyright as well as to provide information about copyright management, what makes copyright an issue, applying analog fair use to digital works, specific copyright questions, etc.
  • This page is authored by Kenneth D. Crews and offered by ProQuest as a free education service on Copyright.
  • This site contains a hearing before the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property of the Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives, One Hundred Sixth Congress, second session, 6/15/2000.
  • As more and more faculty become involved in integrating technology into their teaching and research, questions arise about who owns and who has the right to control the material instructors create... In response, this webpage have been created to hopefully answer some of the questions and concerns.
  • Results from an Intellectual Property Google(search engine) search. Catergories and Web pages are viewed in Google in pagerank order.
  • Internet and Electronic Rights Issues
  • This webpage contain articles by Ivan Hoffman, an attorney, on Internet and electronic rights.

Print Materials on Copyright

Botterbusch, Hope Roland. Copyright in the Age of Technology. Bloomington, Ind.: Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, 1996.

Cotter, Susan. Copyright Infringement. Boston: Kluwer Law International, 1998.

Crews, Kenneth D. Copyright Essentials for Librarians and Educators. Chicago:American Library Association, 2000.

Ficsor, Mihaly. The Law of Copyright and the Internet. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

Fishman, Stephen. The Copyright Handbook: How to Protect & Use Written Works. 5th ed. Berkeley, Calif: Nolo Press, 2000.

Francisco, Javier, Cabrera, al. Copyright Law In The Digital Age. Strasbourg: European Audiovisual Laboratory, 2000.

Goldstein, Paul. International Copyrights. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.

Guibault, Lucie, M.C.R. Copyright Limitations and Contracts. Boston: Kluwer Law International, 2002.

Hugenholtz, Bernt P. Copyright and Electronic Commerce: Legal Aspects Of Electronic Copyright Management. Boston: Kluwer Law, 2000.

Library of Congress. Copyright Basics. Copyright Office. Circular 1. 2000.

Litman, Jessica. Digital Copyright: Protecting Intellectual Property on the Internet. Amherst, N.Y.: Prometheus Books, 2001.

Martin, John V. Copyright: Current Issues and Laws. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2002.

Stamatoudi, Irini A. Copyright and Multimedia Products: a Comparative Analysis. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Sterling, J.A.L. World Copyright Law: Protection of Authors' Works, Performances, Phonograms, Films, Video, Broadcasts and Published Editions in National, International and Regional Law. London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1999.

Strong, William. The Copyright Book: a Practical Guide. 5th ed. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999.

The Yearbook of Copyright and Media Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999.

Wilson, Lee. The Copyright Guide: A Friendly Handbook for Protecting and Profiting from Copyrights. Rev. ed. New York: Allworth Press, 2000.

Wincor, Richard. Dealing with Copyrights. N.Y.: Oceana Publications, 2000



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