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Includes relevant information and links employees, including the YVCC's Copyright Policy, DCMA - YVCC's Assurance of compliance, TEACH Act, FAQ's - Fair Use, FAQ's - YVCC's policy, tutorials, and checklists (Fair Use and TEACH Act) to assist in assuring compliance. It also includes information and the forms for Consent for the Use of visual or audio material in an interactive classroom or distance education class



OCLC Digitization & Preservation Online Resource Center -  work in progress. Currently, it contains presentations and handouts from the Copyright In A Digital Age Workshops including:

  • Copyright Basics in a Digital World: Copyright Law in Cyberspace

  • Institutional and Policy Issues: Getting It Down In Writing

  • Intellectual Property Audits

  • Risk Management: What Can I Do and How Safe Is It?

  • The Permissions Process

  • Creativity, Education and Context: Copyright in a Digital World

  • Establishing an Active Working Relationship with Copyright Law

DISTANCE EDUCATION: New Copyright Law for Distance Education the meaning and importance of the Teach Act - Paper by Kenneth Crews clearly articulates copyright issues facing distance education.
TEACH Act (The Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization [TEACH] Act) -
Copyright Law for Distance Education (Website maintained by the American Research Libraries)
Report on Copyright and Distance Education -
United States Copyright Office. (PDF file, 353 pages)
University of Texas - Clear explanation of the TEACH Act
UNCG COPYRIGHT ISSUES IN TELELEARNING (University of North Carolina-Greensboro) - Links to guidelines for classroom copying, multimedia, and special issues in distance learning.
Who Owns Online Courses and Course Materials?  Intellectual Property Policies for a New Learning Environment, a
white paper from the The Pew Learning and Technology Program discussing four cases related to "course ownership" of online courses.


Copyright in the Library-Fair Use: Reserve Room Operations, Electronic Copies  (University of Texas System)
Fair-Use Guidelines for Electronic Reserve Systems  (University of Texas System) - These guidelines have not been adopted but offer a synopsis of the issues. 
Digitizing material for the Web
Michigan Library consortium) -  Copyright issues for libraries when digitizing materials for the Web.

United States Copyright Office The Library of Congress - Copyright overview from basic issues to applying for copyright.

Copyright Office SEARCH INTERFACE - Searchable access to online copyright files, which cover works registered since 1978.

Center for Intellectual Property and Copyright in the Digital Environment An excellent all-around resource on copyright issues with an e-mail list and an online answering service for questions you may have.
Copyown - A list of copyright ownership policies from member institutions of the American Association of Universities and the Association of Research Libraries. 
Copyright and Fair Use (Stanford University) - Search for primary materials and recent case law.
Copyright and Intellectual Property (Stanford University) - Main focuses is on preservation, but includes to important articles by Kenneth Crews, Robert Oakley, and "Big Myths about Copyright Explained."
Copyright Dot Com
- A clearly written explanation of copyright issues in the digital millennium by Dr. Robert N. Diotalevi, Esq., LL.M.,  Director of Legal Studies, Mountain State University/CWV, Beckley, WV.
Copyright in Higher Education Workshop powerpoint presented By Dr. Kenneth Crews November 5, 2010 at Seattle Central Community College
Copyright Management Center (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) - Access a wealth of copyright information. 
Copyright Myths - Top ten list of legal myths related to the creation of multimedia.
Copyright Renewal Database (Stanford University) - Search the copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1993 for books published in the US between 1923 and 1963. (Note that the database includes ONLY US Class A (book) renewals.)
 The period from 1923-1963 is of special interest for US copyrights, as works published after January 1, 1964 had their copyrights automatically renewed by the 1976 Copyright Act, and works published before 1923 have generally fallen into the public domain.
Copyright Resources Online - Annotated list  University and non-university resources about intellectual property
COPYRIGHT SOCIETY OF THE U.S. - Foster interest in and advance the study of copyright

Crash Course in Copyright - University of Texas

Creative Commons   - The collaborative effort of practitioners and theorists of law and technology to bridge toe world of copyright and the public domain.
Electronic Freedom Foundation - Wide-ranging resource "to defend our rights to think, speak, and share our ideas, thoughts, and needs using new technologies.
Fair(y) Use Tale - Copyright explanation using Disney cartoons.


MULTIMEDIA ISSUES: Intellectual Property Law Primer for Multimedia Developers - Document that explains the legal issues in developing multimedia materials. 
MUSIC: COPYRIGHT SEARCH CENTER - provides a step-by-step guide to researching the copyright holder or publisher of a piece of music. It also provides forms for obtaining permission from the publisher to arrange a piece of music or make copies of out-of-print music. 
United States Copyright Law A Guide for Music Educators prepared for the National Association For Music Education (MENC), MUSIC PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION and Music Teachers National Association
ADDITIONAL YVCC INFORMATION: Sample letters for use by YVCC instructors

YVCC's Copyright Information Page


Copyright is a central issue in higher education. The copyright sites listed above are intended to be used as tools when developing materials for courses.  If you are an employee of YVCC and locate additional copyright sites that you believe should be added to this list please contact: Joan Weber


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