What is Copyright-Protected? What is Not?
Looking for works in the public domain? See this Guide to Finding Interesting Public Domain Works Online published by The Public Domain Review.
Need guidance on copyright and digitization? An excellent resource to consult is Copyright & Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for Digitization for U.S. Libraries, Museums, and Archives [PDF] (Hirtle, Hudson & Kenyon, 2009). It has chapters on fair use, exemption for libraries and archives, finding owners of copyright, and case studies on oral histories and dissertations and theses.
Need to secure permissions from a copyright holder to use copyrighted material? Here’s a guide from Stanford University on the basics of the permissions process.
If you walk around campus, you’ll see a lot of people using iPods and other MP3 players. According to a recent student survey, nearly 90% of Penn State students own an MP3 player. Digital audio, including music, audio books, and podcasts, have become a part of student culture. The posts in this section of the Web site are related to students downloading audio content (typically music), the consequences of illegal downloads, and some viable alternatives.
In this video, Kelly has just copied music from a friend’s collection. Her future self pays a visit and warns her about the legal consequences of copying music. Kelly did it to try to save money for Spring Break, but would have to pay legal fees. Her future version provides some reasonable alternatives including Pandora (personalized Internet radio) and low-cost services like iTunes.
What Dates and Formats Are Covered by Copyright Law?
Cornell University publishes and updates “Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States:”
Chart from Lolly Gasaway, University of North Carolina, “When U.S. Works Pass Into the Public Domain:”
Mary Minow, “Digitization Projects: Does Your Library Have the Rights and Permissions It Needs?”
- Copyright Tool – Digital Slider
- Cornell – http://copyright.cornell.edu/resources/publicdomain.cfm
- Copyright Renewal Database
Other Resources on Copyright
- The Penn State Provost’s Office issued both student message from the Provost and faculty/staff messages about copyright and legal use of media.
- Penn State Copyright Clearance office
- Crews, Kenneth. 2006. Copyright law for librarians and educators : creative strategies and practical solutions. Chicago : American Library Association. University Libraries KF2995.C74 2006
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act.
- The U.S. Copyright Office provides the Executive Summary
- University of Washington’s Copyright Connection