Category Archives: Copyright

Recent Copyright Articles You Should Read

Five recent articles related to Copyright that caught our attention: 9 Things You Should Know About Copyright and Fair Use on YouTube NMR.com, 11/9/2012 “Copyright gives creators of original works the exclusive rights to it. In some cases, you could … Continue reading

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Lessig on Copyright

Harvard professor Lawrence Lessig discusses what is wrong with copyright today and what the future holds if things don’t change. Related articles by Zemanta “Things could have been different” Lessig on Copyright and Culture (boingboing.net) Larry Lessig on laws that … Continue reading

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Berne Convention

Image via Wikipedia First adopted in 1886, the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works is the principle international agreement governing copyright law.  The Berne Convention applies to the member countries and it protects the works of … Continue reading

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U.S. Copyright Term and Public Domain

Image via Wikipedia Cornell University provides a detailed web resource on Copyright Term and Public Domain in the U.S.  It is also available for download as a PDF.

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Primary Sources on Copyright

Primary Sources on Copyright, 1450-1900 http://www.copyrighthistory.org/ This website, initially funded by the United Kingdom Arts and Humanities Council, uses primary source material from Italy, France, Germany, the UK, and the United States to trace the beginnings of copyright. For each … Continue reading

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Tools for Copyright and Fair Use

Stanford University Libraries maintains an excellent list of charts and tools to use for questions and issues concerning copyright and fair use.

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Fair Use

Fair use is defined as the “conditions under which copying a  work, or a portion of it , does not constitute infringement of copyright, including copying for purposes of criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research.” For more information … Continue reading

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WIPO

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)  is a specialized agency of the United Nations with headquarters in Geneva.  WIPO has 184 member nations and is responsible for administering 24 international treaties concerning the protection of intellectual property under copyright, patent, and … Continue reading

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Optimal Copyright

Cambridge University economist, Rufus Pollock, has calculated the economically optimal term of copyright.  Pollock’s paper Forever Minus a Day? Some Theory and Empirics of Optimal Copyright is available on his website.  In case you don’t want to read the paper … Continue reading

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Digital Copyright Slider

The American Library Association’s Copyright Advisory Network has created a helpful online tool for copyright questions, the Digital Copyright Slider.  While it cannot possibly answer all copyright questions it can be a helpful place to start when you are trying … Continue reading

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