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"Perhaps no topic in England has excited more discussion, among literary and talented men, than that of the literary property of authors." Justice M'Lean delivering the Court's opinion in Wheaton v. Peters, 33 U.S. (8 Pet.) 591 (1834).

Copyright Compliance in Academia

Center for the Study of the Public Domain

Center for the Study of the Public Domain

The Center for the Study of the Public Domain was founded to promote scholarship on the public domain and its importance to science and culture.  The Center advocates a more balanced intellectual property system.  The Center’s site includes informational resources including a copyright law basics comic book entitled Tales from the Public Domain: BOUND BY LAW?

Copyright & Fair Use in Documentary Film

Copyright & Fair Use in Documentary Film

The Center for Social Media, American University, School of Communications’ Fair Use and Free Speech Resources pages focuses on fair use issues affecting independent and documentary filmmakers.  The site includes a link to Documentary Filmmaker's Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use.

Copyright Clearance Center, Tools and Guidelines

 Copyright Clearance Center, Tools and Guidelines

The Copyright Clearance Center, a not-for-profit company offering collective copyright licensing services. A six-minute streaming and downloadable video, Copyright on Campus, corrects some common misconceptions about copyright in educational settings.  CCC offers downloadable white papers on copyright issues in Using Course Management Systems, Using Electronic Reserves, and Interlibrary Loan.

Crash Course in Copyright

Crash Course in Copyright

This online guide to copyright basics was created by Georgia Harper, Attorney, Intellectual Property Section, The University of Texas System, Office of General Counsel. 

Contact Info

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Staying Current

GPO Access

Look up bills, congressional testimony, etc.

Find proposed rule changes and track/submit comments.

Hint: you may get more relevant results by using the advanced search screen and selecting Copyright Office or Copyright Royalty Board.

The National Association of College and University Attorneys, Legal Reference Service Documents

NACUA’s site features selected judicial decisions and other documents relevant to universities, including current copyright cases.