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Copyright, Intellectual Property Rights, and Licensing Issues

CONTENTS: Current Awareness | Reference | Organizations | Initiatives & Projects | Articles, Papers & Reports | Laws, Policies & Court Opinions |

Current Awareness

Linked - CNI-COPYRIGHT: Copyright and Intellectual Property Forum
The Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), Washington, DC
Linked - Copyright Issues
Tracking of policy and legislation by the American Library Association Washington Office.
Linked - The Journal of Electronic Publishing
An electronic journal published by the University of Michigan Press.


Linked - Copyright & Fair Use
An excellent reference site with many links to information on the issues of copyright and fair use, hosted by Stanford University.
Linked - Copyright & Intellectual Property Resources
Maintained by the Association of Research Libraries
Linked - Copyright FAQ
Answers to frequently asked questions concerning copyright.
Linked - Copyright Law Materials
The Legal Information Institute, Cornell University
Linked - Copyright Resources Online
Copyright resources page maintained by Ann Okerson.
Linked - The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998: U.S. Copyright Office Summary
In Adobe Acrobat format.
Linked - Electronic Frontier Foundation's Patent, Trademark, and Copyright Archive
A collection of documents relating to intellectual property, particularly in relation to electronic publishing.
Linked - LibLicense: Licensing Digital Information, A Resource for Librarians
All kinds of information and resources for librarians to learn about and participate in licensing electronic resources.


Linked - Copyright Clearance Center
A not-for-profit organization providing collective copyright licensing services.
Linked - Digital Future Coalition
A consortium of organizations following the copyright and intellectual property issues in a digital age.
Linked - U.S. Copyright Office
The Library of Congress, Washington, DC.
Linked - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC.
Linked - World Intellectual Property Organization - WIPO
A United Nations organization "responsible for the promotion of the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among States, and for the administration of various multilateral treaties dealing with the legal and administrative aspects of intellectual property."

Initiatives & Projects

Linked - NLII - National Learning Infrastructure Initiative
An Initiative of EDUCAUSE and a consortia of universities, government agencies, commercial companies, and not-for-profit organizations.

Articles, Papers & Reports

Linked - Copyright and Digital Distance Education
A report to Congress by the U.S. Copyright Office in the wake of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act on "how to promote distance education through digital technologies, including interactive digital networks, while maintaining an appropriate balance between the rights of copyright owners and the interests of users."
Linked - Copyright and Fair Use in the Digital Age
A Q. & A. with Peter Lyman, from EDUCOM Review
Linked - Copyright in the New World of Electronic Publishing
By William S. Strong, from the Journal of Electronic Publishing
Linked - Copyright: The Glue of the System
By Janet H. Fisher, from the Journal of Electronic Publishing
Linked - Database Protection and Access to Information
A Science Magazine article, Volume 281, Number 5378 Issue of 7 Aug 1998, pp. 786 - 787.
Linked - Final Report from the Working Group on Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure
The Clinton Aministration "White Paper" on Intellectual Property
- The Intellectual Property Renaissance in Cyberspace: Why Copyright Law Could Be Unimportant on the Internet
By Eric Goldman (formerly Schlachter) of Cooley Godward Castro Huddleson & Tatum, Palo Alto, CA. Published in the The Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Spring 1997.
Linked - JSTOR: An IP Practitioner's Perspective
An intellectual property practitioner's view of a project that archives scholarly journals, from D-Lib Magazine.
Linked - Papers by Pamela Samuelson
A number of papers on copyright and intellectual property rights by one of the leaders in the field.
Linked - Position Paper on Copyright in the Electronic Environment
From the International Federation of Library Associations.
Linked - Who Owns Digital Works?
Subtitled "Computer networks challenge copyright law, but some proposed cures may be as bad as the disease". An article by Ann Okerson from the July 1996 issue of Scientific American.

Laws, Policies & Court Opinions

Linked - The Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Linked - European patent information

Linked - Fair Use Guidelines For Educational Multimedia
Guidelines endorsed by a number of organizations to guide the appropriate use of multimedia for educational purposes.
Linked - Model University Policy Regarding Faculty Publication in Scientific and Technical Scholarly Journals
"A Background Paper and Review of the Issues" by The Copyright Policy Task Force of the Triangle Research Libraries Network Durham, Raleigh and Chapel Hill, North Carolina; July 1993.
Linked - Princeton University Press v. Michigan Document Services
Opinion Excerpt (summary): "The plaintiffs, Princeton University Press, Macmillan, Inc., and St. Martin's Press, Inc., brought a copyright infringement action against the defendants, Michigan Document Services, Inc. and James M. Smith, president of MDS. The suit alleges that the defendants infringed copyrights held by the plaintiffs when MDS made multiple copies of excerpts from various materials provided by University of Michigan professors, compiled these copies into "coursepacks," and sold the coursepacks to students for a profit. The district court granted summary judgment to the plaintiffs, found that the defendants' infringement was "willful," and issued an injunction against the defendants. The defendants appeal the district court's decision, defending their copying practices primarily on the ground that the coursepacks are a "fair use" of the copyrighted works and therefore not an infringement. We agree with the defendants that their use is a "fair use" as defined in the Copyright Act of 1976, 17 U.S.C. 107, and reverse."
Linked - University of California Policy and Guidelines on the Reproduction of Copyrighted Materials for Teaching and Research
April 1986.
Linked - University of California Policy on Copyright Ownership
August 19, 1992.
Linked - U.S. Copyright Law
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