Resources for Understanding Copyright
Please be advised that the Library staff cannot advise on questions of possible copyright infringement; if you require legal advice, you should consult with a legal practitioner licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.
The Library offers links to copyright information furnished by the United States Copyright Office and other organizations for the convenience of the Knox College community. The Library makes these resources accessible for informational purposes only and bears no responsibility for the quality of information provided through other sites.
General Copyright Information
- Copyright Term and the Public Doman in the United States
by Peter B. Hirtle of the Cornell Coypright Information Center is a chart detailing copyright spans for various types of materials.
- Copyright and Cultural Ins institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, also by Peter B. Hirtle, is a free downloadable book in pdf.
- Copyright Basics (pdf format) is a circular prepared by the U.S. Copyright Office. See especially "What Copyright Is."
- The Columbia University Libraries Copyright Advisory Office has quite a bit of good information, including information about obtaining permissions.
- The American Library Association's Copyright Advisory Network has links to copyright basics web pages.
- The Association of Research Libraries has produced guidelines, "Performance of or Showing Films in the Classroom" on the delivery of digital material to the classroom.
- For copyright information related to music, see the Music Library Association's Copyright for Music Librarians page.
- The Visual Resources Association collects links and information related to copyright and visual materials on their Copyright, Intellectual Property Rights, Fair Use page.
- Copyright: An Overview from the Cornell University School of Law.
- Copyright Law of the United States from the U.S. Copyright Office
- The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998: U.S. Copyright Office Summary