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NCU Resources

Copyright in the Digital Age Workshop - workshop provides an introduction to copyrighted works, copyright law, and copyright compliance.
 
Copyright in the Digital Age Workshop Outline – outline may be downloaded as a Word document.

Copyright in the Digital Age Workshop Transcript - outline may be downloaded as a Word document.

NCU Student Copyright FAQs – frequently asked questions pertaining to the use of copyrighted materials in course work.

NCU SMEs Copyright FAQs - frequently asked questions pertaining to the use of copyrighted materials in course design.

Research Process: Copyright and Plagiarism – page within the Research Process which describes copyright considerations and avoidance of plagiarism.

Copyright Determination Tools

Copyright Genie – tool helps you find out if a work is covered by U.S. copyright, calculates its terms of protection, and collects and publishes the results (as a PDF) to save for your records.

Creative Commons - search hundreds of millions of CC licensed works and choose a license for your own.

 

Digital Copyright Slider - tool helps you determine the copyright status of a work that is first published in the United States.

Exceptions for Instructors in Copyright Law – tool helps you find out if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law, and collects information detailing your educational use and provide you with a summary in PDF format.

Fair Use Evaluator - helps you understand how to determine if the use of a protected work is a “fair use.” It also collects, organizes, and documents the information to support a fair use claim, and provides a time-stamped PDF document for your records. 
 
Thinking Through Fair Use – University of Minnesota tool helps you structure your own reflections about the fair use factors, and provides a record that you did consider relevant issues.

Fair Use
 
Fair Use Definition, U.S. Code TITLE 17 > CHAPTER 1 > Sec. 107 – full text fair use law as provided by Cornell University Law School.

Fair Use Evaluator - helps you understand how to determine if the use of a protected work is a “fair use.” It also collects, organizes, and documents the information to support a fair use claim, and provides a time-stamped PDF document for your records.

Fair Use in Copyright Law - provides comprehensive example of how to evaluate based on the four principles of fair use.
 
Fair Use in Education and Research – page from Columbia University Libraries includes a variety of resources to help you determine if fair use applies to the ways in which you want to use copyrighted materials.

Fair Use in a Nutshell: A Practical Guide to Fair Use – summarization provided by Attorney Lloyd J. Jassin.

Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials – overview from the University of Texas Libraries includes quick guides to fair use in context and the four-factor test.

Fair Use Summary Chart – provides factors to consider and helps you to determine possible fair use versus “probably needs permission.”

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQs clearly summarize which resources are classified as fair use.
 
Statement of the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study - describes six uses of copyrighted still images that the Visual Resources Association believes fall within the U.S. doctrine of fair use.

Strategies for Fair Use - OWL at Purdue guide provides a few general strategies about how to use fair use policies and copyright laws.

Thinking Through Fair Use – University of Minnesota tool helps you structure your own reflections about the fair use factors, and provides a record that you did consider relevant issues.

YouTube: What is Fair Use? - provides a concise overview of Fair Use, as well as select videos.


General Copyright Resources

Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance - designed for academic institutions, this guide helps answer questions ranging from basic copyright law to the more complex topics of ILL and e-reserves.

Collection of National Copyright Laws - site endeavors to provide access to national copyright and related rights legislation of UNESCO Member States.

Columbia Copyright Advisory Office Quick Guide - fundamental principles of copyright, meaning of copyright ownership, fair use and other rights of use of copyrighted material.
 
Copyright Clearance Center: Education – hub for information and tools to education yourself and others about copyright issues around the world.

Copyright Law of the United States – includes the complete version of the U.S. Copyright Law, December 2011.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States – summary chart created by Peter Hirtle, Cornell University Library.

CopyrightLaws.com - portal for copyright and licensing information for creators, owners, distributors, and consumers of content.

Innovative Copyright: Unique Resources for Copyright Education - resources presented in this article include videos, interactive tools, comics, podcasts, tutorials, online courses, Twitter feeds, and blogs about copyright.

Intellectual Property Basics: Copyrights - series of short videos designed to guide entrepreneurs through the important concepts of intellectual property during their startup.

Stanford University Copyright and Fair Use Center – includes Copyright FAQs and a Copyright Overview, as well as articles, legislation, blogs, and additional copyright resources.

United States Copyright Office - provides expert and impartial leadership and advice on copyright law and policy to Congress, federal agencies, the courts, and the general public.

Instructor Resources

3 Myths You Should Know About Copyright for Your Classroom - a quick guide on a topic relevant to all academic libraries, teachers and students.

Copyright & Privacy Guidelines for Recording Lectures - Duke University's Scholarly Communications Officer outlines the copyright and privacy issues to consider when recording lectures or classes for Internet distribution.

Exceptions for Instructors in Copyright Law – tool helps you find out if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law, and collects information detailing your educational use and provide you with a summary in PDF format.

How to Use Online Video in Your Classroom – article describes how teachers can bring the best of YouTube and other online video services to their students.

Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses – interactive guide to help faculty determine the appropriate copyright guidelines they must follow to use different types of copyright protected media in their courses.

Know Your Copy Rights—What You Can Do – Association of Research Libraries brochure on fair use, the advantage of linking to instead of copying works, and special provisions for displaying or performing works in classes.

Model Permission Letters - example letters for seeking or granting permission in various situations provided by the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office.

Nonprofit/For Profit Educational Institution Statutory Comparison for the Use of Traditional Copyright Protected Works – brief document discusses the varying factors affecting copyright in nonprofit and for profit institutions.
 
Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians - basic information on some of the most important legislative provisions and other documents dealing with reproduction by librarians and educators.

Statement of the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study - describes six uses of copyrighted still images that the Visual Resources Association believes fall within the U.S. doctrine of fair use.

Using Content: Course Management Systems - segment of the Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance which discusses the use of vendor-provided content, content uploaded by faculty members, and library-provided content in course management systems.

Using Copyrighted Works in Your Teaching – summarized six overarching questions faculty and teaching assistants need to ask themselves frequently regarding copyrighted work.

Using Course Management Systems: Guidelines and Best Practices for Copyright Compliance - principles summarize key guidelines and encapsulate examples of best practices followed by many academic institutions regarding the posting and management of copyrighted content in course management systems.
 
Website Permissions – site from Stanford University Libraries explains copyright as it pertains to linking to websites and transferring information to or from a website.

Student Resources

15 Copyright Rules Every Student Should Know - blog post highlighting 15 copyright rules that are the most important to students, and also the most often ones misunderstood.

Best Practices for Using Copyright Materials – part of a larger Copyright for Students guide developed by the Duke University Medical Center Library & Archives.

Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance - designed for academic institutions, this guide helps answer questions ranging from basic copyright law to the more complex topics of ILL and e-reserves. 
 
Copyright Basics for Graduate Students – guide from the University of Oregon describes the importance understanding of the elements of copyright law prior to beginning your thesis or dissertation.

Copyright Essentials for Graduate Students – brief guide provided by Texas A&M University Libraries.

Copyright on Campus Video - Jane the librarian educates her university colleagues about copyright law and its impact on the academic institution’s use of intellectual property.

Copyright and Your Dissertation or Theses: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities – ProQuest document provides considerations on how to avoid infringing on someone else's copyright, and how to protect your own copyright.

Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities - lengthier document from ProQuest provides detailed information on copyright for dissertations, including scenarios and plans of action.

Graduate Student's Guide to Copyright: Open Access, Fair Use, and Permissions – guide created and distributed by the University of Michigan.

Model Permission Letters - example letters for seeking or granting permission in various situations provided by the Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office.

NCU Student Copyright FAQs – frequently asked questions pertaining to the use of copyrighted materials in course work.

Tutorials

Copyright 101 Tutorial - course will teach you the basics of copyright law, fair use, and the copyright/licensing issues involved in using a wide variety of materials protected by copyright in your many situations.

Copyright Basics - Jim T. Librarian from the Copyright Clearance Center explains the ins and outs of U.S. copyright law.

Copyright Basics Online Course - online copyright library tutorial from Southern Illinois University provides a certificate of completion.
 
Copyright Crash Course Online Tutorial - will help you learn about how ownership of copyrighted materials works, what is fair use and when and how to get permission to use others' materials.

Copyright and Fair Use - tutorial from Purdue University covers the basics of copyright, why copyright is important and the fair use exception to copyright.

UT Health Science Center Library: Copyright Tutorial - tutorial is intended to serve as a brief introduction to the basics of copyright.