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Copyright and Fair Use: Additional Sources

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This discussion of copyright may seem discouraging for some Web authors, especially for those who believe information wants to be free. But take heart: HTML is still free and for public use. If you see a particular page layout or mark-up scheme you would like to emulate and/or modify for your own use, you are free to copy and paste anyone's HTML; it's perfectly legal. At the same time, keep in mind that copyright heavyweights (e.g., publishers and movie studios) have been focusing long and hard on the Web and the possible ramifications for their works. To protect yourself and your work, consider RPInfo's outline of copyright law before creating your Web pages. For further information, see the print and online sources below and, if necessary, consider consulting a lawyer.

Disclaimer: This is not legal advice and no guarantee, explicit or implied, is given regarding the accuracy or completeness of this copyright discussion.

Authoritative Resources

The following online materials (mainly essays) are valuable resources. The list is alphabetically arranged but different essays focus on different topics so browse accordingly.

Crews, Kenneth D.  Copyright Law and Graduate Research: New Media, New Rights, and Your New Dissertation.  Ann Arbor, MI:  UMI Company, 1996.

Fair Use of Copyrighted Works: A Crucial Element in Educating America. Consortium for Educational Technology in University Systems (CETUS). A joint project of California State University, State University of New York, and City University of New York. Kenneth D. Crews, consultant and author of much of the text.

Fair Use in the Electronic Age: Serving the Public Interest, American Library Association, 1995.

Gasaway, Laura. When Works Pass into the Public Domain. (Prof. Gasaway has prepared a most helpful chart to clarify many of the duration issues, although now dated by more recent copyright law.)

Ownership of New Works at the University:  Unbundling of Rights and the Pursuit of Higher Learning.  Seal Beach, CA: Consortium for Educational Technology for University Systems, 1997.    (.pdf file)

Using Software: A Guide to the Ethical and Legal Use of Software for Members of the Academic Community, EDUCOM and ITAA, January 1992.