A Crash Course in Copyright


An extensive collection of practical advice, a “crash tutorial”, and other useful, plain English materials on copyright issues, focusing primarily on the academic setting


©opyown and ©opyfair


A wealth of sample policies and other resources on the issues of copyright ownership and fair use in higher education


Copyright Law & Graduate Research


A good overview of the copyright rights and responsibilities of dissertation authors


10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained


A good, basic primer on copyright law and the Internet


When Works Pass into the Public Domain


A handy reference chart on this surprisingly thorny issue


Stanford University Libraries’ Fair Use Site


A virtual law library of copyright-related materials


The United States Copyright Office


Information, copyright registration forms, and more from the people in charge; in particular, see “Reproduction of Works by Educators and Librarians”, an information circular available at <>


Copyright Permission Page


Advice on how to obtain copyright permissions, sample request forms, and links to online permission offices


Copyright Clearance Center


Online access to the rights organization of the same name


Digital Future Coalition


A good source of information on current copyright legislation and issues from an advocacy group dedicated to an “international copyright law and policy that rewards and promotes creativity”




A copyright-related listserv from the Coalition for Networked Information -- to subscribe, send the following message to subscribe cni-copyright Firstname Lastname


Image Manipulation and How to Avoid Copyright Infringement