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Copyright for Students: Copyright Resources

Basic information about U.S.C. Title 17 Copyright Law particularly as it relates to higher education.

Books & Videos on Copyright Law

United States Copyright Law Title 17

Guides to searching for information on the U.S. Copyright Law

Last updated April 2023.

Intellectual Property Resources

Intellectual Property Resources

 Copyright Law Overview

17 U.S. Code Title 17—COPYRIGHTS (Cornell University)

Copyright Advisory Services (Columbian University Libraries)

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Copyright (American Library Association (ALA) )

Copyright & Intellectual Property (Association of Research Libraries)

Copyright Society of the USA

Authors Alliance

Creative Commons

 Books on Copyright Law

 ·         101 Questions About Copyright Law / Andrew Alpern. Mineola (NY): Dover Publications, 1999. [R/346.7304/AL74o/1999]

·         Copyright Essentials for Librarians and Educators / Kenneth D. Crews. Chicago: American Library Association, 2000. [R/346.7304/C867c/2000]

·         Getting Permission:  How to License & Clear Copyrighted Materials Online & Off / Richard Stim. Berkeley: Nolo, 2001. [R/346.7304/St54g/2001]

·         Libraries and Copyright: A Guide to Copyright Law in the 1990’s / Laura N. Gasaway and Sarah K. Wiant. Washington, D.C.: Special Libraries Association, 1994. [R/346.0482/G21L/1994]

·         Multimedia Law and Business Handbook / J. Dianne Brinson and Mark F. Radcliffe. Menlo Park (CA): Ladera Press, 1996. [R/346.0482/B772m/1996]

·         Patent, Copyright & Trademark / Stephen Elias. Berkeley: Nolo Press, 1997. [R/346.0482/EL42p/1997]

·         Technology and Copyright Law: a Guidebook for the Library, Research, and Teaching Professions / Arlene Bielefield and Lawrence Cheeseman. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 1999. [R/346.7304/B476t/1999]

·         The Copyright Handbook:  How to Protect and Use Written Works / Stephen Fishman.  5th ed. Berkeley: Nolo, 2000. [R/346.7304/F539c/2000]

·         The Copyright Primer for Librarians and Educators / Janis H. Bruwelheide. 2nd ed. Chicago: American Library Association; Washington, D.C.: National Education Association, 1995. [R/346.0482/B839c/1995]

Online Copyright Tutorials

NCSU Copyright Tutorial:

Crash Course in Copyright:

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines:

Copyright  for Teaching and Learning:

Additional Copyright Resources

 ·        Copyright Clearance Center     

·         Copyright Term and Public Domain Chart

·         Creative Commons:

          Justia BlawgSearch: Most Popular Copyright Blawgs:

·         Stanford University Libraries Copyright and Fair Use:

·         ALA Advocacy & Public Policy: Coyright:

          Public Domain Slider:

·         TEACH Act Toolkit:

·         The TEACH Act finally becomes law:

·         WATCH: Writers, Authors and Their Copyright Holders:

·         Nolo:  Law for All:


·         Library Copyright Liability and Pirating Patrons . . . and What You Can Do About It:

·         Library Web Page Legal Audit Checklist: 

Multimedia & Technology

·         Intellectual Property & Technology Forum:

·         An Intellectual Property Law Primer for Multimedia and Web Developers:

·         Legal Information for Internet Professionals:

·         Multimedia Law and Business Handbook / J. Dianne Brinson and Mark F. Radcliffe. Menlo Park (CA): Ladera Press, 1996. [R/346.0482/B772m/1996]

 Trademark Law

·         United States Patent and Trademark Office:

Information about U.S. Trademark Law 

·         Trademark Law Overview, Legal Information Institute:

·         BitLaw - A Resource on Technology Law:

·         Primer on Trademark and Internet Addresses:

·         Overview of Trademark Law:  

 International Trademark Law 

·         International Trademark Association:

·         International Trademark Law Treaty

·         Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol:

 Patent Law 

·         U.S. Patent Law, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:

·         U.S. Patent Rules, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office:

Information about U.S. Patent Law

·         U.S. Supreme Court Patent Decisions, Legal Information Institute:

·         Overview of Patent Law, Legal Information Institute:

·         BitLaw - A Resource on Technology Law:

·         Patent Law at MIT:

International Patent Law 

·         Patent Law Treaty:

Current Legislation & Case Law

US Constitution

Article I Section 8 | Clause 8 - Patent and Copyright Clause of the Constitution.

[The Congress shall have power] "To promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries;"

  • First Amendment Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

US Code

US Regulations

Case Law 


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