On June 10, 1983, the Association of American Publishers (AAP) Inc., published a recommended policy statement on photocopying of copyrighted materials for classroom and research use. This university policy follows closely their recommended guidelines and, in addition, addresses the library reserve policy, the use of music, the use of audiovisual materials, the off-air recording of television broadcasts, the use of non-broadcast audio and video transmissions, the use of computer software, and when and how to obtain a legal opinion regarding a specific use of a copyrighted work.
This is a code of best practices in fair use devised specifically by and for the academic and research library community. It enhances the ability of librarians to rely on fair use by documenting the considered views of the library community about best practices in fair use, drawn from the actual practices and experience of the library community itself.
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts is based on a consensus of professionals in the visual arts who use copyrighted images, texts, and other materials in their creative and scholarly work and who, through discussion groups, identified best practices for using such materials. They included art and architectural historians, artists, designers, curators, museum directors, educators, rights and reproduction officers, and editors at scholarly publishers and journals.
This guide identifies five principles that represent the media literacy education community’s current consensus about acceptable practices for the fair use of copyrighted materials, wherever and however it occurs: in K–12 education, in higher education, in nonprofit organizations that offer programs for children and youth, and in adult education.
The Berne Convention deals with the protection of works and the rights of their authors. It is based on three basic principles and contains a series of provisions determining the minimum protection to be granted, as well as special provisions available to developing countries that want to make use of them.
The WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) is a special agreement under the Berne Convention which deals with the protection of works and the rights of their authors in the digital environment. In addition to the rights recognized by the Berne Convention, they are granted certain economic rights. The Treaty also deals with two subject matters to be protected by copyright: (i) computer programs, whatever the mode or form of their expression; and (ii) compilations of data or other material ("databases").
The provisions of copyright law dealing with duration are complex. Different standards apply depending on whether federal statutory copyright protection was secured before or on or after January 1, 1978, the date the current law—the Copyright Act of 1976—took effect. In addition, several amendments enacted since January 1, 1978, affect duration. This circular describes the changes to the law that affect duration and gives details about terms of protection for copyrights secured and renewed on certain dates.
TEACH was intended to update the section of the copyright act (specifically, Section 110(2)) most applicable to online digital course. Thus, TEACH is not a separate or additional copyright law; it simply replaces an already existing section. TEACH, or more accurately, Section 110(2), is triggered whenever the performance or display of a copyrighted work is transmitted.
Copyright and Web Resources
Below are important resources for copyright and education
Resource for copyright tools, articles, legislation, court cases, DMCA, digital rights management, distance education and the TEACH Act, fair use, first sale, international copyright, open access, and orphan works