Educational Links

Carleton is committed to helping its community navigate copyright law in an informed and conscientious manner. These resources are provided to help you better understand copyright guidelines and issues.

General Copyright Resources
Education-Specific Guidelines and Issues
Fair Use
Case Law

General Copyright Resources

Copyright and Fair Use
Published by Stanford University
The Stanford University Libraries have compiled a wealth of information regarding copyright and fair use. The web page includes links to primary materials, copyright and fair use guides to articles, mailing lists and communities, US agencies, and more. What is especially nice about this website is that it provides information on current issues regarding copyright.

Copyright Information and Education Initiative
Published by the University of Minnesota Libraries
This website focuses on copyright information as it applies to teaching, research, the library, and more. It provides basic information about copyright including the issue of fair use, and the public domain. It also has many useful tools intended to help people make decisions regarding copyright, including The © Decision Map, Public Domain Table, and Licensing Table.

Copyright Crash Course
Published by the University of Texas
For a whimsical yet information-packed journey through copyright and fair use, scroll down through the University of Texas' Copyright Crash Course.

U.S. Copyright Act, Title 17
Published by the U.S. Copyright Office
This is the complete copyright law of the United States of America and related laws contained in Title 17 of the United States Code.

Campus Guidelines and Issues

Guidelines and Best Practices (University of Minnesota)

Cornell University's Copyright Information Center

UMN: Copyright Services

Digital Image Rights Computator

Copyright Management of Course Material

Tales from the Public Domain: BOUND BY LAW?
(Comic book on copyright and usage from Duke University's Center for the Study of the Public Domain by Keith Aoki, James Boyle, and Jennifer Jenkins)

Fair Use

Understanding Fair Use
University of Minnesota Libraries

Thinking Through Fair Use
University of Minnesota Libraries - worksheet

Copyright and Fair Use Overview
Stanford University Libraries

Case Law

Current Legislation and Issues
Published by Stanford University

Keep abreast of current changes or additions to copyright law.

Published by the United States Copyright Offic
The United States Copyright Office publishes this free online newsletter that alerts us to hearings, new legislation, proposed changes, new publications, and the like. It also solicits comments on actions the office is taking.

Sony Corp v. Universal City Studios (464 U.S. 417)

Harper & Row v. Nation Enterprises (471 U.S. 539)

Stewart v. Abend (495 U.S. 207)

Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music (510 U.S. 569)

Leslie A Kelly v. Arriba Soft Corp (Thumbnails)

Perfect 10 v. Google (Thumbnails, in-line linking)