Resources for Copyright Issues
Distance Learning Section
Resources denoting the current status of United States copyright law and the use of protected materials in distance education.
- Copyright Clearance Center: Permissions Made Easy
Access the various permission services that cover: Academic Permissions Services, Digital Permissions Service, Electronic Course Content Service (includes Distance Learning), Republication Licensing Service, Rightslink, and Transactional Reporting Service.
- Copyright Law of the United States
http://www.copyright.gov/title17/ (contained in Title 17 of the U. S. Code)
Text of the current law; from the Copyright Office Web site. See especially Section 110 to review the limited exemptions for distance education.
- Distance Education and the TEACH Act
Prepared for ALA by Prof. Kenneth D. Crews, Professor of Law Director, Copyright Management Center Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis. A thorough analysis of the TEACH Act with a brief legislative history before enactment.
- Educational Fair Use Guidelines For Distance Learning (Revised Draft)
University of Texas Copyright Crash Course. The Guidelines affords an brief but excellent overview of fair use as well as a review of distance education technologies. The guidelines describe permissible uses of protected materials in synchronous instruction only.
- Information policy: copyright and intellectual property
From the Electronic Collections at IFLANet. For further reading, use this large webliography on all aspects of copyright and intellectual property issues. International instruments, institutional policies, organizational links and more are provided.
- Intellectual Property, Copyright, and Distance Learning
By James L. Morrison. An index of web-based articles on copyright protection in distance learning.
- A Primer on Distance Learning and Intellectual Property Issues
By Kenneth D. Salomon Esquire, Dow, Lohnes & Albertson Washington, D.C . This article summarizes copyright issues and its relevance to distance education.
- Report on Copyright and Digital Distance Education (PDF)
Report prepared by the Copyright Office in response to a Congressional mandate to review whether or not the educational exemptions granted to face-to-face instructional activities should be extended to technologically enhanced distance education.
- Testimony on Copyright Office Report on Copyright and Digital Distance Education
By Register of Copyright Marybeth Peters. This testimony encapsulates the recommendations made by the Register in the full report.
- Teach Toolkit: An Online Resource for Understanding Copyright and Distance Education
North Carolina State University Libraries, Peggy E. Hoon. A very useful resource contains tutorials, check lists, permissions guide, best practices, and a glossary that simplifies the TEACH Act.
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