Copyright & Fair Use Resources


Basic Copyright & Fair Use Information

University of Texas – Copyright Crash Course

Online tutorial designed to help students and faculty learn about ownership of copyrighted materials, what is fair use, and when/how to get permission to use someone else's material.

Extremely basic and easy to understand; students will find this useful.

Stanford University Libraries - Copyright & Fair Use Center

Emphasizes copyright issues relevant to the education and library communities, including examples of fair use and policies. Useful copyright charts and tools help users evaluate copyright status and best practices.

Includes primary case law, statutes, regulations, as well as current feeds of newly filed copyright lawsuits, pending legislation, regulations, copyright office news, scholarly articles, blog and twitter feeds from practicing attorneys and law professors.

Exhaustive and sometimes overwhelming; faculty will find this useful.

Library of Congress – U.S. Copyright Office

Office's mission is: "To promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system."

Provides links to the copyright law and homepages of copyright-related organizations; links to online copyright records cataloged since 1978; copyright news; Congressional testimony; press releases, and the latest regulations.

Government site contains excellent copyright resources but is designed to serve creators/users via news/forms for copyright registration.

Students and faculty will find this site interesting in terms of securing copyright for personal work.

Copyright & Fair Use Information for Multimedia

Resources Library – Center for Social Media

The Center for Social Media’s purpose is to investigate, showcase, and set standards for socially engaged media-making.

Resources page focuses on Copyright & Fair Use issues surrounding the creation and distribution of social media, i.e. documentary film, online video, audio and video downloads. Also provide teaching tools and materials for Fair Use.

Faculty and students will find this site useful.

University of Maryland - Copyright and Fair Use - Educational Multimedia Guidelines

The guidelines provide guidance for the use, without permission, of portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted multimedia works, i.e. photos, video, etc.

Faculty will find this site useful.

Society for Cinema and Media Studies’

Statement of Best Practices for Fair Use in Teaching for Film and Media Educators

Clarifies some of the issues concerning the permissible use of media for teaching. Explains and clarifies United States copyright laws and policies.

Faculty will find this site useful.

Selected Cornish Library Resources about Copyright & Fair Use

Complete copyright: an everyday guide for librarians. Edited by Carrie Russell. Chicago: American Library Association, c2004.
Call # KF 2995C57 2004
Location Book Stacks

Copyright for teachers and librarians. Rebecca P. Butler. New York : Neal-Schuman Publishers, c2004.
Call # KF 2995 B88 2004
Location Book Stacks

Copyright law on campus. Marc Lindsey. Pullman, Wash: Washington State University Press, c2003.
Call # Ref KF 3030.1 L56 2003
Location Reference

A guide to copyright for museums and galleries . Peter Wienand, Anna Booy, and Robin Fry. New York: Routledge, 2000.
Call # KD 1320 W53 2000
Location Book Stacks

Guidelines for educational use of copyrighted materials designed for educators and librarians in the higher education setting.. Edited by Peggy Hoon. Pullman, Wash.: Washington State University Press, c1997.
Call # Electronic Book
Location Search in catalog by title and click URL at bottom of screen.

Intellectual property moral, legal, and international dilemmas. Edited by Adam D. Moore. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, c1997.
Call # Electronic Book
Location Search in catalog by title and click URL at bottom of screen.

The public domain: how to find copyright-free writings, music, art & more. Stephen Fishman. Berkeley, CA :, 2001.
Call # KF 3022 Z9 F57 2001
Location Book Stacks

Obtaining permission to use copyrighted materials in course packets – Cornish Faculty Information

At this point there is no college-wide policy or procedure for obtaining copyright clearance for course packets. See your department chair or coordinator if you have questions about your specific department.

However, it remains the faculty’s responsibility to obtain copyright permission for materials included in course packets. If you want to distribute multiple copies of complete works, or compiled readers consisting of articles and large excerpts from books, you must receive permission from the copyright holder.

Course Packet Resources:
Professional Copyright Clearance and Course Packet Production Services

XanEdu :
XanEdu is a copyright clearance service that can also compile course packets in a variety of flexible formats, including e-digital files for student-download and print copies. Copyright and production fees are included in the final purchase price of the packet -- and therefore passed on to the students -- so faculty can order course packets directly from XanEdu without having to arrange pre-payment through their department office. This process requires around 6-8 weeks lead time so plan ahead when compiling course packets.

Copyright Clearance Center :
Cornish does not have an insitutional account with Copyright Clearance Center, but CCC does offer a pay-per-use permissions service which provides instant authorization to use and share content from major academic titles. Payment for this service would have to be worked out with your department.