Works - things that are written down, recorded, or created as an image, whether text, audio, or still or motion graphics - are considered property. The right to reproduce a work, even for educational use, is defined and limited by copyright law, Title 17 of the United States Code. This page provides a few basic current information resources appropriate for both students and faculty as downloadable files or links. Things have changed dramatically in a very short time; please take copyright seriously.
UTM Brochures and Guides
A brief discussion of issues involved when submitting material for publication
A public notice required to be displayed at publicly accessible photocopiers under the terms of the Code of Federal Regulations §201.14.
A table updated to January, 2008 showing when copyrighted works will enter public domain and are therefore free from copyright/permission requirements
Helpful table illustrating balance between fair-use and permission issues. Intended for professors.
An updated warning about the legal issues behind file sharing. Compiled specifically for UTM students but relevant for anyone.
General brochure discussing basic copyright concerns including exemptions to copyright (including the TEACH Act for distance education), infringement, and cyberspace.
Under the case law is shifting quickly away from fair-use and toward permissions for anything besides personal information and research, including education. Permission should be sought for any item accessible in Blackboard. A good guide to the permissions process may be found in the current Chicago Manual of Style, available at the Paul Meek Library reference desk.
When making a permission request:
University statements and policies involving faculty and students, including resource links.
Information, helps, registration forms for materials in various formats, and copyright holder research. Can be used by individuals.
The national clearinghouse for most commercial rights holders in the U.S. (both books and journals), and the official representative to foreign rights holders as well. Can be used by individuals.
Creative Commons advocates an international standard for granting permission for others to use your work on terms you set. Can be used by individuals.
Writers And Their Copyright Holders, a joint project providing data about who controls copyright of literary figures.