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  • Copyright Information and Education (U of Mn)
    A comprehensive resource that includes definitions of copyright, fair use, and public domain as well as implications for research, teaching, and library use. This site also includes multiple tools for making copyright judgments including The Copyright Decision Map and numerous copyright scenarios.
  • Copyright (MnSCU)
    Provides an overview of copyright law and history, definitions of works covered by copyright, and information on fair use including guidelines for use of materials in the classroom. This site has a "sister site" on intellectual property available at
  • Intellectual Property (MnSCU)
    A tutorial on intellectual property with specific information about MnSCU's Board Policy 3.26, Intellectual Property, which applies to agreements between colleges, universities, the Office of the Chancellor and their respective faculty, staff and students. This site has a "sister site" on copyright available at
  • Copyright Website - Ultimate Copyright Portal
    Specialized information for webmasters, musicians, moviemakers, screenwriters, programmers and photographers. General copyright information for educators, students, web-surfers, re-mixers, mash-uppers and confused citizens.
  • Author's Rights, Tout de Suite
    This document "is designed to give journal article authors a quick introduction to key aspects of authorʹs rights and to foster further exploration of this topic though liberal use of relevant references to online documents and links to pertinent Web sites."
  • Technology and Copyright Law : A Guide for the Library, Research and the Teaching Professions
    Focuses on the topics of copyright, including those in the areas of legislation and case law. Divided into four parts, this book also offers guidance for making copyright decisions in day-to-day situations, and includes electronic classroom and international copyright agreements, a glossary of important terms and phrases and mandated words.
    • Location(s): KF3030.1 .B533 2007
    Check MnPALS Catalog for Location and Availability
  • Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practial Solutions
    Discusses the application of copyright law for librarians, educators, and academics.
    • Location(s): KF2995 .C74 2005
  • Copyright Law and the Distance Education Classroom
    "Lipinski discusses changes to copyright law and how they may ultimately affect traditional distance classrooms. Providing a step-by-step explanation of the law and how it impacts these pedagogical issues, Lipinski discusses instructor ownership issues, a general application of fair use, and other issues that will inevitably arise when technology, intellectual property, and education all intersect."
    • Location(s): KF4209.E38 L57 2005
News and Legislation
  • Copyright (ALA)
    Provides an overview of copyright and fair use issues, including news and related legislation. This site is sponsored and maintained by the American Library Association (ALA).
Agencies and Organizations
  • Music Publisher's Association (MPA)
    Directory of Music Publishers, Music Information Resources on the Web, and Copyright Search Center. Search Center provides help in finding a publisher and forms for obtaining permission from the publisher to arrange a piece of music or make copies of out-of-print music.
  • U. S. Copyright Office
    Includes information about copyright including frequently asked questions, how to register a work, law and policy related to copyright, news and press releases from the Copyright Office and much more. You can also search copyright records cataloged from 1978 to the present.
  • U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    The full text of over 3,000,000 patents from 1976 to present is searchable at the USPTO site. Bibliographic information is available on millions more. The site also offers filing how-to advice for inventors and information on patent law and intellectual property.

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