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These sites and documents will help you understand copyright law in the United States.
Definition and brief info. Verify info elsewhere.
Copyright on campus (video)
Brief intro to copyright in higher education. From the Copyright Clearance Center.
Fair Use infographic
From the Harvard University Office of Scholarly Communications.
U.S. Copyright Office
Lots of great documents explaining copyright.
Association of Research Libraries: The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
"A code of best practices in fair use devised specifically by and for the academic and research library community." Thirty-four page document from January 2012.
College Art Association, Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts
"Copyright protects artworks of all kinds, audiovisual materials,
photographs, and texts (among other things) against unauthorized use by
others, but it is subject to a number of exceptions designed to assure space for
future creativity. Of these, fair use is the most important and the most flexible.
The Code describes common situations in which there is a consensus within the
visual arts community about practices to which this copyright doctrine should
apply and provides a practical and reliable way of applying it."
Center for Media and Social Impact, Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video
This document is a code of best practices that helps creators, online providers, copyright holders, and others interested in the making of online video interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use. Fair use is the right to use copyrighted material without permission or payment under some circumstances.
University of Texas Copyright Crash Course
The Copyright Crash Course (CCC) was originally created with faculty in mind, but can be used by anyone who is interested in understanding and managing their copyrights.