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Copyright and Fair Use: Additional resources


Copyright Information

The ABC of Copyright (UNESCO)
Provides an international perspective on copyright.

Collection of National Copyright Laws (UNESCO)
This website contains information about the copyright laws of different countries.

Copyright and Fair Use (Stanford)
This guide from the Stanford University Libraries includes a blog as well as copyright FAQs, a copyright renewal database, and other resources and tools useful for learning about copyright.

Copyright Genie
The Copyright Genie created by the American Library Association helps you determine copyright status for print and other materials.

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States (Cornell)
This is a chart that lists the copyright status of works based on the date when they were published, their country of origin, and their format.

Copyright Crash Course
Created by Georgia Harper and maintained by UT Libraries. The Course is arranged into several sections that allow users to explore certain areas of copyright law individually or as a group. The Course was originally created with faculty in mind, but can be used by anyone who is interested in understanding and managing their copyrights.

COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) Cases
Database includes cases and advice give by COPE in areas such as authorship, data ownership, multiple submissions, and more.

The Durationator
The Durationator is a computer system that, given a few basic facts about a work, mechanically applies the laws of the countries selected to those facts to determine the copyright status of the work.

A Guide to Copyrights, Trademarks, and Patents in Print and Beyond
Helpful guide for finding out more about copyright, trademarks, and patents.

U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index- Search Cases
You can search copyright cases and decisions from the Circuit Courts and the Supreme Court.

University of California Open Access Policy

The Academic Senate of the University of California passed an Open Access Policy on July 24, 2013, ensuring that future research articles authored by faculty at all 10 campuses of UC will be made available to the public at no charge.


The University of California Presidential Policy on Open Access for UC Authors who are not Members of the Academic Senate extends open access rights and responsibilities to all members of the UC community who author scholarly articles while employed by UC.


Creative Commons

Creative Commons licenses allow creators to share their work while still retaining control of their creations. These licenses determine what can be done with a work and how it can be redistributed by people other than the creator. The work may be freely distributed under any of the licenses, but some licenses prevent modifications of the work (remixes) or forbid the work from being used for commercial purposes. The six Creative Commons licenses are:

Attribution (CC BY) - requires that redistributors credit the original author

Attribution-ShareAlike  (CC BY-SA) - rrequires that derivative works credit the original author and are redistributed under a similar license

Attribution-NoDerivs (CC BY-ND) - requires that redistributors credit the original author and that the work may not be modified/remixed

Attribution-NonCommercial (CC BY-NC) - requires that redistributors credit the original author and that the work may not be used for commercial purposes

Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike (CC BY-NC-SA) - requires that redistributors credit the original author, that the work may not be used for commercial purposes, and that the work is redistributed under a similar license

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) - requires that redistributors credit the original author, that the work may not be used for commercial purposes, that the work may not be modified/remixed

Creators of works, even of non-commercial attributed works, may opt to waive a license so that they can attempt to turn a profit if they desire. 

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