Copyright Resources

Copyright Resources at other academic institutions

Stanford Copyright and Fair Use Center: The Stanford University Libraries offer a comprehensive site that includes links to the U.S. Constitution and copyright legislation, a detailed overview of fair use, and articles from prominent copyright scholars.

Stanford Copyright Renewal Database: This database searches Library of Congress copyright renewal records for books published from 1923 to 1963. If their copyrights were not renewed, many books published in that time period have since entered the public domain.

University of California Office of Scholarly Communication: The UC System’s Office of Scholarly Communication offers extensive information on issues affecting academic authors. It includes an overview of the current trends in scholarly communication, a section on negotiating publishing agreements, and an interesting database tracking the vital statistics of over 3,000 major journals.

Cornell University Copyright Information Center: Cornell’s copyright website includes a handy chart to figure out when a work enters the public domain.

LSU Libraries TEACH Act Toolkit: This website provides a detailed introduction to the TEACH Act, which is the legislation that governs copyright rules for distance education, including online education.

More about copyright and scholarly communication

United States Copyright Office: This is the site where you can register your copyrights, renew copyrights, search copyright records, and learn more about copyright law.

NIH Public Access Policy: This website from the NIH explains the new Public Access Policy, tells researchers how to comply with the policy, and provides a detailed FAQ.

SHERPA/RoMEO: The RoMEO project tracks the copyright permission policies of over 300 hundred academic journal publishers. You can use this site to identify publishers with good copyright policies, and to find a summary of permissions that are normally given as part of each publisher’s copyright transfer agreement.


This page was adapted from the University of Michigan’s Copyright at the University of Michigan, which was released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 3.0 license.


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