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Copyright Overview

An educational module librarians can use to present basic information about copyright to instructors, researchers, librarians, or other groups at their university.

Tyra Burton

on 30 May 2017

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Transcript of Copyright Overview

Copyright law grants creators the sole right to publish, reproduce, sell, display, perform and prepare derivative works of their original works.
Works that are original
Works that are in a fixed form
(eg. written down or recorded)
Copyrighted material can be used without permission only in a few situations. One such situation is known as "fair use"
1. The character or purpose of your use
A work that is open access is freely accessible for anyone to read, distribute, reproduce, print, or search on the internet
Your students also hold the copyright to any work they produce for class
Copyright Basics
Fair Use
Presentation Produced by the Copyright Education & Consultation Program
What Do You Know About
What is fair use?
What are the four factors?
2. The nature of the material being used
3. The amount of the work that will be used
4. The effect your use will have on the market value for the original material
There are four factors to consider when deciding whether or not your use of a work is fair
(The green end of the spectrum is more likely to be considered fair use!)
What is open access?
I keep hearing about creative commons ...
How can you use public domain works?
What is protected?
What about my academic work?
What is not protected?
Works that are original
Works that are written or recorded in a fixed form
Government Works
Works in the public domain
These are examples, not a comprehensive list!
Students own the copyright to any work they produce for a course
What falls under public domain?
Materials that are no longer, or never were protected by copyright
Most of the same ways the original copyright holder can!
You can publish, reproduce, sell, display, perform, and prepare derivative works without permission
Public Domain
The type of license you choose shows how the work can be used
Creative Commons licenses - in fact any type of license - take precedence over copyright
A creative commons license grants users permission to use a work in specific ways
Open Access & Creative Comons
Creative Commons licenses allow for community creation and adaptation. It lets people to use your work in new and meaningful ways
Picture of University of Michigan Card Catalog by Jane Park
Picture of bookshelf by CCAC North Library
Re-evaluate your use to see if you can cut back so that it falls under fair use or choose a new work
What if the copyright holder says no?!
Who Should I Ask?
Other beneficiary
How should I ask?
Be sure to get permission
in writing
There are often forms on publishers' websites
Dear Copyright Holder:
What portion of the material you will be using
How you will be using the material
The frequency of your use
What you will be getting out of the use
No response does not grant permission!
Getting Permission
Send a letter to the copyright holder
Collective licensing agencies (such as the Copyright Clearance Center) maybe able to sell you a license
When you write to the copyright holder let the copyright holder know ...
The copyright holder could be:
Picture of paper by D Sharon Pruitt
Funded by a Library Services and Technology Act grant administered by the Illinois State Library
Visit http://go.illinois.edu/copyright for more information!
For example:
Facts and titles that were never protected (eg. government documents)
Works on which the copyright has expired
The SuicideGirls respond with their own sell
"This is such a great site that I have been known to sneak into an internet café while out writing and check a fact rather than go into a bookshop and buy a copy of Harry Potter (which is embarrassing). A website for the dangerously obsessive; my natural home." R. K. Rowling on her official site
Jonathan Coulton Blog
Forbes writes about it
Wired - not Glee's first time
Forensic Audio Analysis or Why Geeks for Fans are a Good Thing
Sir Mix-A -Lot
Not his first time...
Other artists have also used other's photographs...
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