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Copyright Tools and Guides

Stanford’s Copyright Renewal Database This database makes searchable the copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1992 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963.

Copyright Term and The Public Domain in the U.S. This chart is a useful tool for  determining the terms, status, and condition of various types of copyrights depending on the date of publication.

Digital Copyright Slider This is an easy way to find out if something is protected by copyright depending on the date of first publication.

Copyright Law Tutorial This is an online tutorial designed to teach librarians about  copyright law in general , the aspects of copyright law that most affect libraries , and how librarians in the future could most effectively participate in the processes by which copyright law is interpreted and shaped.

Digital Image Rights Computator Depending on your response to the questions, this tool will tell you the intellectual property status of the image in question.

Section 108 Spinner This tool helps you determine if a reproduction is covered by the exemption in Section 108 of the US Copyright Code.

Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses Baruch College published this free interactive guide to help faculty determine the guidelines they need to follow when they use different types of copyrighted media when teaching.

Digitizing Material Flowchart A map to help teachers determine if they can digitize material without permission.

Fair Use Evaluator Helps you determine the “fairness” of a use under the US Copyright Code and gives you

Copyright Advisory Office Columbia University’s Copyright Advisory Office provides a wealth of information on copyrights in general, fair use, libraries and copyright, and copyright ownership

Creative Commons Use this to search for a creative commons works license or create your own.

Copyright Navigator This concept map outlines the fundamentals of US Copyright Law.

Fair Use for Media in Literacy Education The American University School of Communication provides this document to help educators using media literacy concepts and techniques to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use.

They also provide guidelines in Fair Use for Online Video and Fair Use for OpenCourseWare

Orphan Works This report provides guidelines for what to do when the owner of a copyrighted work cannot be identified and located.

Last Modified: March 31st, 2010