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Copyright, Fair Use, and More

An introduction to copyright and fair use.

Copyright Instruction Module

While originally geared for Distance Education faculty, these video modules are a good introduction to Copyright and Fair Use for the entire campus. 

Subject Guide

Rebel Cummings-Sauls

Research Toolbox

Need help with your project? Follow the links below!

Research: How-To A guide on writing a research paper.

Citation: How-To A guide covering several citation formats.

Database Searching Several video tutorials on using databases.

Copyright Tools

Digital Copyright Slider - A visual and interactive to figure out if something is under copyright, produced by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy.

Fair Use - An overview of the Fair Use Exemption to copyright for those creating and teaching online courses.

Copyright Renewals Database – This is a database of copyright renewal records for US Class A (book) renewals received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1992 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963.

Copyright Term Calculator - This calculator can help determine if a specific work is in the public domain, or still under copyright. It also takes into account the potential restoration of copyright for items outside the U.S. due to the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.

Catalog of Copyright Entries – These PDF files can be used to find copyright renewal records for items that aren’t US Class A (books) renewals. Note: Copyright renewal had to occur sometime during the 28th year, however sometimes the Library of Congress could be slow in publishing said renewals. To maximize the search, look for the renewal records from the 27th to the 29th year.

Exceptions for Instructors eTool Guide - This tool helps you determine if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law and provides a PDF document for your records.

Copyright Genie - The Copyright Genie will walk you through the step to determine if a work is in copyright and, if it is, when it will enter the public domain.

At K-State

K-State Intellectual Property Policy - This document describes Kansas State University's policies and associated institutional procedures for intellectual property.

Kansas Board of Regents Policy & Procedures Manual - Intellectual Policy is under Academic Affairs, Chapter II, Section D8 (p.38).

K-State's DMCA agent - Contact information for the individual designated to receive notification of claims of copyright infringement.

Illegal File Sharing at K-State - Sharing and downloading copyrighted music, movies, and games from the Internet without proper authorization is considered piracy-a violation of federal copyright laws and K-State policy.

K-State Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing Policy - The purpose of this policy is to articulate Kansas State University's position on the use of Peer-to-Peer file sharing applications and the unauthorized acquisition or distribution of copyrighted or licensed material.

External Resources

U.S.Copyright Office - The site where you can register your copyrights, renew copyrights, search copyright records, and learn more about copyright law.

Creative Commons - A non-profit organization that works to increase the amount of scholarly works (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in "the commons" — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries – This code of best practices addresses such scenarios as reserves, preservation digitization, and reproduction of materials for use by disabled users.

Copyright Law and Graduate Research – A copyright resource for graduate students published through UMI to help explain legal rights and duties that are a part of the graduate process.

Orphan Works: Statement of Best Practices – This is a statement of best practices for tracking down copyright holders and the reasonable efforts necessary to do so.

Science Commons - A Creative Commons project "meant to lift legal and technical barriers to research and discovery".

The Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance for Academic Institutions - A part of the Copyright Clearance Center, this guide is meant to answer a range of questions about copyright.

The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved: An introduction to Copyright,Publishing and Creative Commons - Molly Kleinman's presentation on copyright during Open Access Week 2010.