Understanding copyright issues is not always easy. The links below address some of the most commonly asked questions.
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
A 29-page guide for understanding copyright and fair use, with strong focus on digital collections, technologies, materials in institutional repositories, reproductions for disabled users, and other 21st century classroom needs. From the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Media and Social Impact, and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, 2012.
Know Your Copy Rights (pdf)
This fuller brochure from ARL provides helpful information including the four factors you can use to determine if a proposed use is "fair use."
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Online Video
Detailed affirmative information from the Center for Media & Social Impact. Part of a larger informative blog that also addresses remixing and other issues.
Codes of Best Practices
A very useful collection of fair use best practices for various types of material, including Sound Recordings; Journalism; Media Studies Publishing; Teaching for Film & Media Educators; Online Video (see previous link); Images and Visual Resources; Scholarly Research in Communication; "Orphan Works" for Libraries, Archives, and Other Memory Institutions; and Poetry. From the Center for Media & Social Impact.
Copyright and Fair Use, Stanford University Libraries
A very full and authoritative guide on copyright and fair use issues.
Fair Use Checklist
Information about determining fair use, from the Copyright Advisory Office of Columbia University Libraries. By noted copyright experts Kenneth D. Crews and Dwayne K. Butler. Their Fair Use Checklist pdf is linked at the bottom of the web page for your use.
Fair Use Fundamentals: ARL Infographic
An affirmative infographic that highlights the four fair use factors and emphasizes good examples of fair use.
Teaching Copyright, from the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Strong focus on encouraging innovation, remix culture, and understanding one's rights. Includes curricular content for students and teachers.
Video and Copyright: ALA Library Fact Sheet 7
Thorough information from the American Library Association on classroom use of DVDs and videos. Updated in January 2014.
Guides with more information