The first three sections of this site address
big issues in copyright law.
- Copyright Basics — Although you might be tempted to dive right
in, don't skip the basics. This section should be your
first stop since it provides much-needed background
as well as some basic copyright terminology.
- Fair Use — This section addresses usage that is exempt
from a copyright holder's rights. Fair use is defined
in Section 107 of the Copyright Law.
Analysis — This section walks you
through the copyright analysis process. If you print
and retain the checklists provided, you will document
your analysis in the event that your usage is challenged.
The remainder of the site was developed
to address the particular needs of our intended audience
– Faculty, Librarians and Students:
- Faculty members should refer to the Faculty section for information relevant to the usage of copyrighted
works by educators.
- Librarians won't want to miss the Librarians section. It addresses Section 108 of the Copyright Law
and the special exemptions that libraries and archives
have with respect to copying and loaning copyrighted
- Students will want to check out the Students section. Here concerns regarding file sharing, personal
web pages and plagiarism are addressed. Additionally
the section deals with student rights under copyright
But please remember that the topics covered in the Faculty,
Librarian and Student sections are not exclusively for
any one group. For example, everyone in academia needs
to be concerned with plagiarism.
And finally, the Resources section is for individuals who just can’t get enough of
this stuff. Here you'll find links to some of higher education's
most informative copyright sites and a bibliography for
those who prefer the written word.