An ASCAP lawyer offers a well-thought list of 10 reasons for musicians and composers not to use Creative Commons licenses. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has a particular bias, but creators shouldn’t ignore the issues the article raises. Issue #1, Irrevocability, receives a counterpoint from Creative Commons Licenses: Advantages and Drawbacks that creators sometimes change licenses anyways to the detriment of users.
Hansell, Saul. New York Times. (20 Jun 2008). 21 Jun. 2008.
Fair Use should protect you when you’re only using a few words from a copyrighted source like a blog, but the copyright holder can still make life unpleasant, even when you cite your source correctly. Note: Once an idea enters a fixed form, like a blog post, it is considered copyrighted by the creator. Read more.
Band, Jonathan. Association of Research Libraries. Dec. 2007. 10 Dec. 2014.
There have been few court cases that addressed the issue of Fair Use in education. This paper, written by a copyright scholar, reaches useful conclusions about how three cases can shape what educators might be able to do.
United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit. Oct. 2013. 10 Dec. 2014.
This is a succinct, thorough, and authoritative document that discusses Fair Use in the distinct language that scholars use everyday to discuss it. It comes in the form of jury instructions citing the scores of court cases that have shaped Fair Use today.
Davis, Jinnie Y. College and Research Libraries. 19.3 (May 1998). 16 June 2009.
You may occasionally still hear about the Conference on Fair Use (CONFU) and not realize that nothing statutory about copyright came out of it. This editorial discusses the significance for educators and librarians.
Center for Social Media. American University School of Communication. (Nov 2008). 13 Nov 2008.
A longish, but enlightening look at copyright as it relates to higher education. Note The Tyranny of Guidelines and Experts which drubs rigid guidelines you may have seen that actually do not have the force of law. The law—in fact—gives More flexibility with regard to fair use.
Library of Congress. The Learning Page. (Aug 2008). 10 Nov 2008.
The Library of Congress has prepared a useful webpage on how to think about Fair Use as it relates to making and using copies. It balances spontaneous copying against continuing and deliberate copying.
Gasaway, Laura. Information Outlook. (Jan 2003). 19 May 2008.
Despite the TEACH Act simplifying the use of digital works in course management software like Blackboard it still does not permit the wholesale uploading of articles, chapters, or other copyrighted works like movies.
New Copyright Law for Distance Education: The Meaning and Importance of the TEACH Act
Crew, Kenneth D. American Library Association. (n.d.). 14 Apr. 2008.
The TEACH Act became law in 2002 and is now in contained within federal copyright law, but it’s useful to be able to read about it as a separate act.
Copyright Resources on the Web: Sites to Keep You Current
Hodgins, David. C&RL News. 68.3 (Mar. 2007). 25 Mar. 2008.
This article published by the Association of College and Research Libraries features an annotated list of websites for institutions related to copyright.
Copyright in the Networked World: Copies in Courses
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Seadle, Michael. Library Hi Tech. 24.2 (2006). 25 Mar. 2008.
Seadle authors a column called Copyright in the Networked World in Library Hi Tech. This article for instructors discusses how to consider links to articles relative to numbers of actual copies.