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Copyright and Fair Use

A comprehensive clearinghouse for Fair Use of Copyrighted materials, with sections covering primary materials, legislation, internet resources, and copyright law.


Copyright and Fair Use Lesson Plans


These lessons engage advanced high school and college learners in understanding the role of copyright and fair use to support innovation.

Copyright Clearing Center, Inc.


Formed in 1978, the CCC is the largest licenser of photocopy reproduction rights. The site allows researchers to browse various databases containing U.S. copyrights.


Copyright Fees


Shown...are fees for copyright registration, recordation, and other services. Note that there is now a lower filing fee for online registration of basic claims through the electronic Copyright Office.  Effective May 1, 2014, some fees will change based on regulations issued by the Copyright Office.


Copyright Renewal Database


"Stanford's Copyright Renewal Database is a searchable index of the copyright renewal records for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963. Note that the database includes only renewal records, not original registrations, and only Class A (book) renewals received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1992."


Copyright Services: Copyright 101


This table lists copyright terms and when works become part of the public domain.


Creative Commons


Authors are given resources to offer licenses to others, as long as the original author receives credit for the creation.  


Digital Copyright Slider


Set the arrow at the correct date on the right side of the page and refer to the information provided in the windows to check if a work is protected by copyright.


Fair Use Quiz


From MIT Libraries, a brief slide show on what constitutes "Fair Use" in copyright law followed by a thought provoking quiz with several hypothetical cases for you to decide.  Please click on the arrow to start the slide show.


General Copyright


From the American Library Association, a directory of links pertaining to copyright.


How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work


General information about searching copyrights from the Copyright Office. 


Public Domain Music


Explanation of copyright and public domain, a search feature for locating 3,000 songs in the public domain, resources for finding other public domain music, links, etc.


United States Copyright Office

This official site for the United States Copyright Office includes general information, official notices, copyright laws, applications and answers to frequently asked questions. Search for copyright records from 1978 to the present here.


U.S. Copyright Office Forms


Official site for printable and downloadable forms from the Copyright Office. You must have the latest Adobe Acrobat Reader (r) installed on your computer to view and print the forms. Some forms can be filled in and submitted online. Toll free phone number: 1-877-476-0778.


University of Montana - Public Domain and Creative Commons: A Guide to Works You Can Use Freely



University of Texas: Copyright Crash Course


User-friendly copyright tutorial created by the staff at the University of Texas at Austin.


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