Copyright Registration and Clearance
NewsNet – copyright.gov/newsnet
NewsNet is a free online newsletter published by the United States Copyright Office. It alerts us to hearings, new legislation, proposed changes, new publications, and the like. It also solicits comments on actions the office is taking.
Copyright Clearance Center – copyright.com
This Center is an easy first place to go to for obtaining copyright clearance since they work with many of the major publishing companies. They have a section specifically for academic copyright clearance: Copyright on Campus.
Information About Copyright Law
Stanford Copyright and Fair Use – fairuse.stanford.edu
A very extensive compilation of copyright information, published by the Stanford University Libraries. They have a section that keeps abreast of current changes or additions to copyright law: Current Legislation and Issues
The Center for Internet and Society – cyberlaw.stanford.edu/center-for-internet-and-society/
The Center for Internet and Society (CIS) is a public interest technology law and policy program at Stanford Law School which studies the interaction of new technologies and the law. They have especially good resources on fair use.
Chilling Effects – lumendatabase.org
Chilling Effects is a joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Maine, George Washington School of Law, and Santa Clara University School of Law clinics. They try to help users understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to their online activities.
Electronic Frontier Foundation: eff.org
The EFF confronts cutting-edge issues concerning free speech, privacy, innovation, and consumer rights in the realm of information technology.
Information about Filesharing and Downloading Files:
EDUCAUSE has prepared resources to help individuals be informed about the issues surrounding the downloading and sharing of copyrighted material.
Copyright Alternatives and the Public Domain
Copyleft – wikipedia.org: Copyleft
“Copyleft” is the practice of using copyright law to remove restrictions on distributing copies and modified versions of a work, and requiring that the same freedoms be preserved in modified versions.
Creative Commons – creativecommons.org
Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from “All Rights Reserved” to “Some Rights Reserved.” You can use most Creative Commons works without having to ask for permission, as long as you follow the licensing guidelines specified by the creator.
Where to Find Free Culture
Flickr: Creative Commons – flickr.com/creativecommons
Flickr is a commercial photo-sharing website that makes it easy for users to automatically place all their images under Creative Commons licenses. By searching for Creative Commons licensed images on Flickr, you can find millions of “some rights reserved” photos.
OER Commons – oercommons.org
Open Education Resources (OER) are teaching and learning materials that are freely available online for everyone to use, whether you are an instructor, student, or self-learner. Examples of OER include full courses, course modules, syllabi, lectures, homework assignments, quizzes, lab and classroom activities, pedagogical materials, games, simulations, and many more resources contained in digital media collections from around the world.
OER Commons is the first comprehensive open learning network where teachers and professors (from pre-K to graduate school) can access their colleagues’ course materials, share their own, and collaborate on affecting today’s classrooms.
All of Wikipedia is published under the GNU Free Documentation License. This “copyleft” license means that all the content in Wikipedia is freely available for reuse, as long as the resulting works are also released under the same license.
Wikipedia entries which list public domain sources:
The Wikimedia Foundation (hosts of the Wikipedia Project) is dedicated to freely available culture, and they have many compilations of free cultural resources:
- Wikimedia Commons: free media files
- Wikiversity free learning materials and teaching activities
- Wikisource free publications and texts