This Faculty Guide to Copyright information provides practical information and guidance in handling the copyright issues confronting educators every day.
There are few if any reliable rules for educational uses of copyrighted material; the very nature of fair use precludes such precision. Indeed, it only gets more difficult to make confident decisions about proper use of copyrighted material as media and technology continue to evolve. This guide aims to pull together sources of information about copyright of interest to educators and give you the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the material presented.
Glossary of Copyright Terms
Basic Information About Copyright
The purpose of copyright law is to give protection, for a limited time, to authors of original works. Copyright law is also designed to promote science and the arts by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge. It is a complex area and defies easy explanation.
The sites listed below contain background information and detailed overviews of copyright law. You will learn a lot about copyright by spending some time at any of these excellent sites:
Here's the latest from the U.S. Copyright Office--An office of public record for copyright registration and deposit of copyright material.
U.S Copyright Office notices of current copyright-related legislation.