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Copyright Resources

This page provides information for those in the university community seeking both to observe copyright restrictions and to obtain copyright protections for their work. To further the library’s goal of assisting users in this complex area, Tampa Library’s Merilyn Burke serves as Copyright Librarian. Please feel free to contact her via email or at (813) 974-4561 should you require further assistance.

Resources for Instructors

The following resources may be useful to instructors seeking to ensure that their actions are within the law.

Association of American Publishers
The Association of American Publishers (AAP), with some 310 members located throughout the United States, is the principal trade associaton of the book publishing industry. There are links to specific publishers and information concerning copyright.

University of Texas "Crash Course in Copyright"
This resource provides answers to many common questions concerning copyright: fair use, copyright in the digital library, online presentations and copyright, etc. In addition, the site links to Georgia Harper’s Copyright Tutorial.

Copyright Clearance Center
Formed in 1978, the CCC facilitates compliance with copyright laws by providing a “one-stop-shop” for those seeking to pay for copyright permission to use a specific work. According to the CCC, the company manages access to “over 1.75 million works and represents more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of creators, either directly or through their representatives”. If an instructor is unable to secure copyright permission from a publisher/creator, the CCC is the next logical step.

The CCC prepared a six-and-a-half minute video that explains the basics of copyright, what is and isn’t covered under U.S. copyright law, how a copyright is created, why copyright is important as well as what is fair use, how the "first sale" doctrine works, and why attribution isn’t always enough.

Copyright for Distance Learning
Produced and maintained by Georgia Harper of the Office of the General Counsel of the University of Texas System

Copyright Law & Graduate Research
Information for graduate students concerning thesis and dissertations by Kenneth Crews produced for Proquest Information and Learning as a free education service

University Copyright Policy (USF)
This site provides access to the University of South Florida’s official policy regarding copyright as promulgated by the Office of the General Counsel in 1996. A link to a sample letter for anyone seeking permission to use a copyrighted work is provided.

United States Copyright Office
This site provides information for those seeking protections for their works.

Copyright Basics (Library of Congress)

10 Big Myths About Copyright
This resource is Brad Templeton’s attempt to correct 10 common myths about copyright and Fair Use.

U.S. Copyright Office Forms
This links provides access to US Copyright Office forms used in registering original works. The forms are in pdf file format.

Fair Use In The Electronic Age: Serving The Public Interest
As taken directly from the document’s introduction … "The purpose of the document is to outline the lawful uses of copyrighted works by individuals, libraries, and educational institutions in the electronic environment. It is intended to inform ongoing copyright discussions and serve as a reference document for users and librarians."

Cornell University Legal Information Institute
This site contains extensive coverage of the legal basis for copyright considerations, including both national and international sources.

The Copyright Website
From the document’s introduction: This site endeavors to provide real world, practical and relevant copyright information of interest to infonauts, netsurfers, webspinners, content providers, musicians, appropriationists, activists, infringers, outlaws, and law abiding citizens.

BitLaw: A Resource on Technology Law
From the document’s introduction: BitLaw is a comprehensive Internet resource on technology law, containing over 1,800 pages on patent, copyright, trademark, and Internet legal issues.

Copyright renewal of materials published between 1923 and 1963

Temple University Law School’s website concerning copyright, useful for those unfamiliar with the statute.

Copyright and Fair Use (Stanford University Libraries)

Robert A. Baron, Arts Information Consultant Website
A web-site dedicated to issues relating to intellectual property and copyright, to automated museum management techniques, to “monalisiana” and to imaging and image resources for the study and teaching of the history of art.

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