Copyright for OHSU

OHSU Policy on Unauthorized Distribution of Copyrighted Materials by Users of OHSU Networks

OHSU's Compliance Plan for the Higher Education Opportunity Act



Columbia University Libraries: Copyright Advisory Office

Site developed by Dr. Kenneth Crews with comprehensive information about copyright issues in higher education.

The Copyright Website

Provides "real world, practical and relevant copyright information." Off-beat site maintained by attorney, Benedict O'Mahoney. A bit on the fringe, but some useful links not found elsewhere.

Text of the US Copyright Act

Text of Title 17, U.S. Code- Copyrights. Updates listed separately.

United States Copyright Office, Library of Congress

Links to U.S. Copyright Office General Information and Publications, pending legislation, other copyright resources.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Copyright Basics

When Works Pass into the Public Domain

Developed by Lolly Gasaway, Librarian and Law Professor and internationally recognized copyright expert. Includes material from new Term Extension Act, PL 105-298.


Fair Use

Applying Fair Use in the Development of Electronic Reserve Systems (Association of Research Libraries)

Checklist for Fair Use

This form developed by the Copyright Management Center at Indiana University is a helpful tool for determining if your use of copyrighted materials falls under the Fair Use principle.

Copyright and Fair Use: Stanford University Libraries

Rich resource containing overview of copyright law, information on current legislation and links to a wide variety of internet resources.

Fair Use Evaluator Tool

Handy, interactive tool to help determine if use falls within Fair Use.


Classroom Copying, Distance Education and CME

CME: The Basics

Site developed by the Alliance for Continuing Medical Education detailing current issues in intellectual property and copyright issues for CME providers.

Copyright Clearance Center (CCC)

Many items used for electronic reserves may fall under the fair use guidelines (see below). However, where fair use does not apply, CCC's Electronic Course Content Service (ECCS) provides an easy way for instructors to obtain permissions to use copyrighted materials in electronic coursepacks, electronic reserves and distance learning.

Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web

Site developed by the University of Maryland University College provides helpful guidelines for users of copyrighted materials in the classroom, for course reserves, or on the Web.

Distance Education at a Glance: Copyright and Distance Education

This site developed by Dr. Barry Willis, University of Idaho, is a well-developed resource with links to a series of general guides for distance educators.

Exceptions for Instructors in U.S. Copyright Law

Developed by the American Library Association's Office of Information Technology Policy

Using copyrighted works in your teaching - FAQ

Includes information on uses of copyrighted materials in traditional and online classrooms, links to download FAQ and a brochure.


Intellectual Property

Basic Principles for Managing Intellectual Property in the Digital Environment

Prepared by the Committee on Libraries and Intellectual Property of the National Humanities Alliance (NHA) in an effort to build consensus within the educational community on the uses of copyrighted works in the digital environment.

Center for Democracy and Technology

The Center works to promote democratic values and constitutional liberties in the digital age. CDR is dedicated to building consensus among all parties interested in the future of the Internet and other new communications media. Provides guide to pending federal legislation affecting the Internet.


The Other Side

Association of American Publishers
This association represents copyright owners' interests and usually favors conservative interpretations of exceptions to copyright owner perogatives. AAP members publish hardcover and paperback books in every field, audio and video tapes, computer software re, online databases, CD-ROMs, and a range of educational materials including classroom periodicals, maps, globes, filmstrips, and testing materials.

Copyright Clearance Center
The CCC is a not-for-profit organization created at the suggestion of Congress to help organizations comply with U.S. copyright law.