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  • ALA Washington Office Intellectural Property and Copyright

  • Sponsored by the American Library Association, this site includes the text of the Digital Millenium Copyright Act, issue briefs related to the act, anlyses of the act, and links to sites related to copyright, especially in the digital environment.
  • Copyright and Image Management

  • This site is quite valuable as it specifically focuses on copyright issues pertaining to digital image collections. Maintained by Georgia Harper from the University of Texas System, it aims to translate the fair use and display rights that apply to text-based materials to the imaging world. It compares print and electronic collection issues, and also includes a copyright crash course on different information formats such as images, video, designs, and illustrations. The site also covers and assesses the Guidelines for Educational Uses of Digital Works that resulted from the Conference on Fair Use (CONFU), and provides "Rules of Thumb" in interpreting them.
  • Licensing Digital Information: A Resource for Librarians

  • Developed and maintained by the Yale University Library and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), the goal of this Web site is to offer information and useful starting points to provide librarians with a better understanding of the issues raised by licensing agreements in the digital age. In addition to general information, it includes an inventory of national site licensing initiatives and other licensing resources. Another noteworthy component of this site is the licensing terms vocabulary, which includes definitions of words and phrases commonly found in licensing agreements. This site is also home to the archives of LIBLICENSE-L, which is an Internet discussion list on the topic of electronic content licensing for academic and research libraries.
  • Copyright Management Center (Indiana University)

  • Although the primary goal of this site is to assist the Indiana University community in dealing with copyright issues in the creation of original works and in the use of existing copyrighted works, it also provides a useful online copyright tutorial. The purpose of this tutorial is to "help educators move away from the fearful image of copyright as an annoying or threatening beast and to work with copyright while maintaining focus on academic pursuits." The tutorial is delivered in a series of short email messages (approximately three per week) via a discussion list.
  • National Initiative For A Networked Cultural Heritage (NINCH): Copyright, Fair Use and Licensing in A Digital World

  • NINCH is a coalition of cultural organizations joined to ensure the greatest participation of all parts of the cultural community in the digital environment. One of the emphases of the initiative focuses on copyright-related issues. The Web site provides links to both US and international copyright, licensing, and fair use legislation related to digital resources.
  • Copyright and Multimedia Law for Webbuilders and Multimedia Authors

  • This site, which is maintained by Karla Tonella from Iowa State University, provides links to several other copyright-related sites such as Cyberlaw Encyclopedia, Multimedia Law, Cyberspace Law Center, and Copyright Website. Its value is in gathering a variety of useful copyright resources under a single Web page.
  • Crash Course in Copyright

  • From the University of Texas, this site provides a practical overview of copyright and includes a Plain English Copyright Policy.
  • The Copyright Website

  • This site endeavors to provide real world, practical and relevant copyright information of interest to infonauts, netsurfers, webspinners, content providers, musicians, appropriationists, activists, infringers, outlaws, and law abiding citizens. Launched on May Day 95, this site seeks to encourage discourse and invite solutions to the myriad of copyright tangles that currently permeate the Web; The Copyright Website strives to lubricate the machinations of information delivery. As spice is to Dune, information is to the Web; the spice must flow.

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