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Additional Resources for Faculty

In higher education, copyright affects all areas of our work: teaching, scholarship, and professional development.

As teachers, we use copyrighted materials in the classroom to facilitate learning.

As scholars, we produce a vast array of new knowledge often published in monographs and journals.

As professionals, we share our research with colleagues from around the world.

In each of these instances, a basic understanding of copyright law is critical.

Classroom and online use of copyrighted materials

UAB Copyright Decision Tree

TEACH Act Toolkit
NC State University

Creative Commons

Guidance on showing films and other media
Columbia University

Overview of Fair Use
Stanford University. From the NOLO Press book Getting Permission.


Permissions and locating copyright holders

Seeking Permissions
Columbia University

Copyright Renewal Database
Stanford University. This site includes searchable copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1992 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963.

Copyright Registrations since January 1, 1978
U.S. Copyright Office

Sample copyright permission form


Publication Agreements

Understanding your publication agreements
Columbia University

SPARC Author Addendum
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

Scholarly Communication and Open Access

Open Access Overview and Resources
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)

U.S. Copyright Law

U.S. Copyright Act (Title 17 of the U.S. Code)
Cornell Legal Information Institute

Copyright: An Overview
Cornell Legal Information Institute

United States Copyright Office
The Library of Congress


General Resources

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use
Stanford University

Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office
Columbia University

Cornell University Copyright Information Center
Cornell University

Resources about NIH Public Access Policy
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)


Copyright Best Practices

From the Center for Social Media:

The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video

Documentary Filmmakers' Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use

Code of Best Practices for Academic and Research Libraries

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