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Copyright law is complex and subject to varying interpretations.

The very nature of Copyright law often presents more questions than answers. There is an ever growing list of regularly changing media copyright information that can be tough to navigate. We hope we can provide at least some of the answers, or point you toward those who can. Most importantly, understand it is your responsibility to know your rights under Copyright law.

Westminster College Copyright Handbook:

Currently available only to Westminster students, faculty and staff logged in to my.westminster by clicking here.

Westminster College Policy on Copyright:

Westminster College fully respects all rights that exist in any material protected by the copyright laws of the United States while also encouraging usage of the material that furthers the educational mission. We believe that a balance must exist between the rights of the producers and distributors of works and the privileges of users who benefit from their use. To accomplish this, the college expects compliance with copyright laws from all members of the Westminster community while concurrently intending that faculty, staff, administration, and students take full advantage of all relevant licenses, exemptions, and exclusions that are provided for under copyright law. If there is no applicable license, exemption, or exclusion to permit use of the material, faculty, staff, administration, and students must obtain permission for the anticipated use from the copyright holder. No copies of any type will be made by Westminster College that are prohibited by the copyright law, fair-use guidelines, Licensing Agreements, or proprietor’s permission. As a member of the Consortium of College and University Media Centers, we uphold the membership's directives on these matters.

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How YouTube Thinks About Copyright
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YouTube Copyright School
Copyright Explained Musically
Larry Lessig on Laws that Choke Creativity
Interactive Tools
Fair Use Evaluator
Digital Copyright Slider
Creative Commons License Chooser
Exceptions for Instructors in Copyright Law
Section 108 Spinner
Taking the Mystery Out of Copyrights
University of Minnesota's Decision Chart
University of Minnesota's Thinking Through Fair Use Tool
Jolly Roger: A History of Copyright in Cyberspace
Tale from the Public Domain: Bound by Law?
Copyright 2.0 Show
Fundamentals of Copyright
Tutorials and Online Courses
Teaching Copyright Curriculum
Brigham-Young University Tutorial
Certification in Copyright Management and Leadership
Copyright Crash Course Online Tutorial
Harvard's Copyright Law for Librarians
Introduction to Copyright Law
Twitter Feeds and Blogs
ARL Public Policy
Copyright Law
Copyright Librarian
Copyright Office
Creative Commons
IP Law Alerts
Kenneth Crews
Stanford Fairly Used
Other useful sites
What is Intellectual Property?
US Copyright Office
The law and related laws contained in Title 17 of the US Code, search copyright records, learn how to register a work, current fees, publications, forms, licensing and news.
Center for Social Media Fair Use Codes & Best Practices
Copyright Guidelines for Off-Air Recording (James Madison University)
Reprinted from Library of Congress Copyright Office's Circular 21 "Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians", Sec. F, p.22.
Copyright (Title17, U.S. Code)
The complete law, with full-text search capability.
Copyright & Fair Use
A comprehensive, full-text, searchable website offering copyright law overview and primary materials, current legislation, cases and issues, and other Internet resources.
Copyright Clearance Center OnLine
A nonprofit organization providing copyright licensing services to academic and other organizations as well as individual users.
Copyright Website
"...endeavors to provide real world, practical and relevant copyright information of interest to infonauts, net surfers, web spinners, content providers, musicians, appropriationists, activists, infringers, outlaws, and law abiding citizens."
WWW Multimedia Law
Offers current developments, cases, statistics, service organizations, etc. related to multimedia law.
MPAA Summary of how to legally obtain audio-visual content
Maintained by the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA), which represents the six major US film and television-producing studios, that summarizes the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) and offers a directory of ways to get audio-visual content legally.
What Colleges Should Know About Public Performance of Movies
SWANK, a major non-theatrical movie distributor, online CE/CME education distributor and public performance licensing agent for venues where feature movies are shown publicly offers this statement on using feature films in public settings.
Streaming of Films for Educational Purposes
Discusses the permissibility of the streaming of an entire film to a remote non-classroom location.
Library Copyright Alliance
Content and resources found on this site reflect the voice of LCA and its members on copyright and related intellectual property laws and treaties, nationally and internationally. Members include the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.
Bitlaw: a resource on technology law
The most current searchable revision of copyright law (Title 17, U.S. Code).
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