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Copyright and Fair Use Resources

The Seminole State Library has developed the guide below to assist the academic community with copyright and intellectual property information, and to lead you to relevant resources.


  • General Guidelines
    • Fair Use: Basic summary provided by the U.S. Copyright Office.
    • Copyright Basics: Excellent overview of copyright prepared by the U.S. Copyright Office; includes definition, what is covered, duration of protection, how to apply for copyright protection and more.
    • Brown University Copyright and Fair Use: Brown's permissible uses website, including various print, music, AV, images and checklist.
    • Copyright and Fair Use: Stanford University's detailed guide on copyright; sections include copyright frequently asked questions, fair use, public domain, introduction to the permissions process (website, academic and educational permissions), releases and copyright research.
    • Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials: Concise guide prepared by the University of Texas System for its faculty, students and staff; includes discussion of fair use, personal liability, first steps, rules of thumb for specific uses of copyrighted materials, the four factor test and permissions.
    • When U.S. Works Pass into the Public Domain: Prepared by Laura N. Gasaway, director of the Law Library and professor of law at the University of North Carolina. Reflects duration of copyright as provided by the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.
  • Guidelines for the classroom or online instruction environment:
    • Copyright and Fair Use in the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) online or face-to-face classroom. The purpose of this document is to help UMUC faculty understand copyright and fair use in the classroom, but may be helpful to all faculty at any institution as well.
    • TEACH Act Toolkit: North Carolina State University's website; provides implementation checklists, background on the act and access to tutorials.
    • Educational Fair Use Guidelines for Distance Learning (CONFU): Part of the University of Texas Copyright Crash Course; offers guidelines for the performance and display of audio-visual and other copyrighted works developed during the Conference on Fair Use (CONFU).
    • Fair Use Rules of Thumb: University of Texas System's suggested rules of use for course packs, distance learning, image archives, multimedia works, music, research copies, and reserves by their students, faculty and staff
    • Fair Use Guidelines for Electronic Reserves: The American Library Association offers proposed guidelines for electronic reserve systems that were developed at the CONFU but not adopted.
    • Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia: Part of the University of Texas Copyright Crash Course; provides guidelines for a wide range of multimedia content developed during the CONFU.
  • Checklists

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  • Associations/Organizations
    • Center for Intellectual Property, University of Maryland University College (UMUC): Seminole State holds an institutional membership to the UMUC CIP. This site contains a wealth of information on programming research and resources for copyright matters. Includes resource links such as the Virtual Academic Integrity Lab (VAIL). If you are interested in participating in CIP activities, please contact Pat DeSalvo, Dean of Libraries and Learning Technology, for more information.
    • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL): Professional association for academic libraries and other interested individuals. The association is dedicated to enhancing the ability of academic libraries and information professionals to serve the information needs of the higher education community. It is also dedicated to improving learning, teaching and research.
    • Copyright Clearance Center: Organization that provides licensing and permission services for the use of copyrighted material.
  • Crash Courses
  • Resources
    • Copyright Office: Website for the U.S. Library of Congress, whose stated mission is to "promote creativity by administering and sustaining an effective national copyright system." The site serves as an authoritative and comprehensive resource for all matters related to copyright and intellectual property. It includes history, laws, policies, publications, forms, information circulars, fact sheets and more.
    • American Library Association Copyright Website
    • Know Your Rights: An Association of Research Libraries (ARL) educational initiative designed for librarians. Contains relevant information for all academic stakeholders, including a brochure for faculty and teaching assistants called "Know Your Copy Rights - What You Can Do."
    • Copyright, Fair Use, and the Education Dilemma: The University of Central Florida's guide to copyright.
    • Teaching and Promoting Academic Integrity: University of Akron's resource page on plagiarism and academic integrity included numerous instructional resources
  • Tutorials/Quizzes
    • Copyright Crash Course Tutorial: Developed by the University of Texas System for its faculty; presents extensive information on copyright. It is also called the Crash Course in Copyright Law.
    • Copyright Quiz: Provided by the University of Texas System; consists of a 12-question quiz related to the content of the Copyright Crash Course Tutorial.
    • Using the Four Factor of Use Test: Developed by the University of Texas System for fair use of materials. "Rules of Thumb" or CONFU guidelines do not apply.
    • Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright: Tutorial designed for students (teens) and teachers.

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Intellectual Property

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Contacts at Seminole State for further information:

If you need further assistance or have specific questions about copyright or intellectual property issues, please email Patricia DeSalvo, dean of Libraries and Learning Technology, or call her at 407.708.2136. You may also email Linda Sutton, associate dean of libraries, or call her at 407.708.2114.

Seminole State College libraries make every effort to assure the accuracy of this information but do not offer it as counsel or legal advice. Consult an attorney for advice concerning your specific situation. The views and opinions expressed in these pages are strictly those of the page authors. Any comments on the content of these pages should be directed to the author/contact related to the Web page cited.

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