Category: Copyright

10 Things to Do When Getting a Publishing Contract

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Guest post by by LeEtta Schmidt, Copyright and Intellectual Property Librarian, and Jason Boczar, Digital Scholarship and Publishing Librarian  Read it thoroughly.  This includes any click through agreement that might be part of a journal manuscript submission system.    Talk with your co-authors.  …Continue Reading

Fair Use and Fair Use Week

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Another post about copyright from copyright expert, LeEtta Schmidt, is about Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week  (Feb. 21-25) and what fair use is all about.

Workshops for Researchers in November & December

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New workshops have just been added to the line up for our The USF Workshops for Researchers series. These workshops are suitable for active researchers, including faculty, graduate students and undergraduate student researchers.  They include: Data Analytics Workshops Introduction to R Wednesday, …Continue Reading

Fair Use Week 2021

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Guest post by Copyright and Intellectual Property Librarian, LeEtta Schmidt. One of your research sources makes a provocative statement with authority and insight.  You quote this source in your latest article to illustrate how other scholars are analyzing your topic.  You have …Continue Reading

How the Public Domain is Important for Art

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Inspiration in the Public Domain by LeEtta Schmidt.  Read all about how material in the public domain can be used to create something new, whether it be a parody, adaptation or imagery.

What is Fair Use?

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Feel free to share this video with teachers who may have questions about fair use.

Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week

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Commissioned by the Association of Research Libraries, Fair Use/Fair Dealing Week from February 24-28 is “designed to highlight and promote fair use/fair dealing, to explain these concepts and to celebrate successful stories.  This downloadable Fair Use Fundamentals infographic explains what fair use …Continue Reading

Can Book Piracy Be Stopped?

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The problem of illegally downloaded books is a growing one. This article in The Guardian discusses this trend.

Copyright, Canvas Class Readings, and E-Reserves

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Faculty frequently ask if sharing a scan of a chapter or article via Canvas is an acceptable use of copyrighted material. USF Policy (0-105) states that all faculty, staff, and students are responsible for their appropriate use of copyrighted materials, and provides a few guidelines to make it easy for faculty to evaluate their use of materials. It reminds us that a copy must only represent a small amount of the original work, that faculty should consider the four part fair use test if providing course readings under the fair use provision, copying should not be a substitution for the purchase of a book, should not include workbooks or test booklets, should include a copyright notice, and it recommends obtaining permissions if a reading is to be used over multiple semesters. As examples of what constitutes a small amount it elaborates: “a single chapter of a book, an article, or a few photos from a larger collection.” The USF Libraries’ Course Reserves service uses a system that automatically checks the length of requested readings for amounts in excess of one chapter/article or ten percent of a total work.