Additional Copyright Information
Check these links for information on determining fair use, when something passes into the public domain, special regulations for music educators, and more.
Checklist for Fair Use
Use this chart to help determine if your use is truly fair use or not. (Written by the University of Cincinnati Libraries)
When Works Pass into the Public Domain
This chart lists when copyrighted works pass into the public domain. (Written by Laura N. Gasaway, Director of the Law Library, Law Professor and Intellectual Property Attorney, University of North Carolina)
New Rules for Using Public Domain Materials
This site explains the rules for using materials that have passed into the public domain.
Public Domain Music
This site provides information on original music (not specific arrangements) that is in the public domain.
Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University
The CAO homepage has a “copyright quick guide,” along with information on getting permission to use copyrighted materials, a “fair use checklist,” and “orphan works.” (Written by Kenneth Crews, Librarian, Copyright Attorney and Director of the Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University)
University of Texas Crash Course in Copyright
A great site to help understand the basics of copyright. (Written by Georgia K. Harper, Office of the General Counsel, University of Texas/Austin)
Copyright and Fair Use
Another great site explaining the basics of copyright and the fair use clause. (Written by the Stanford University Libraries)
Copyright and Intellectual Property Office
This site features a list of royalty free sites in addition to extensive copyright information. (Written by Dr. Fritz Dolak, Copyright and Intellectual Property Manager at Ball State University)
Association for Information Media and Equipment
Membership in this organization provides unlimited access to copyright information and guidance. The website provides links to additional helpful websites and the AIME newsletter, which contains discussions of specific copyright topics by Copyright Attorney Arnold Lutzker.
Best Practices Codes
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video
Sponsored by the Center for Social Media at American University, and in cooperation with the Association of College & Research Libraries section of the American Library Association, these best practices codes are guides for fair use with various areas of media.
A Visit to Copyright Bay
This online, interactive tutorial about copyright leads you to “Fair Use Harbor,” where you can click on the link to “Pearls of Wisdom” – a 2005 interview with noted Law Professor and Intellectual Property Attorney Laura Gasaway.
Stanford Copyright Renewal Database
“This database makes searchable the copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1992 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963. Note that the database includes ONLY US Class A (book) renewals.“
Music Publishers Association
This site allows you to search for the copyright holder of a piece of music and contains forms to request permission to arrange a piece of music or make copies of out-of-print music.
Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia (Courtesy of the Office of the General Counsel, University of Texas/Austin)