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Copyright issues are among the most hotly contested issues in the legal and legislative world; billions of dollars are at stake. Legal principles and technological capabilities are constantly challenging each other and every outcome can directly affect the future of libraries. ALA monitors copyright legislation for librarians.

ARL, works with the Center for Social Media at American University and the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property in American University’s Washington College of Law, prepared a Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries. Here are links to information and resources on key topics in copyright and intellectual property.

Copyright for Librarians is a joint project of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society and Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), a network of library consortia

Library Copyright Alliance (LCA), whose members include the American Library Association, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of College and Research Libraries.

IFLA » Activities and Groups » Copyright Limitations and Exceptions » Copyright Limitations & Exceptions advocates that the legal framework of copyright limitations and exceptions need to be updated to enable libraries to provide users with both historical and new services. Licences are not a cure-all solution either - many resources are not available, others only at a price which excludes a large share of the world's population from access.

Copyright for Educators & Librarians course : fear and uncertainty about copyright law often plagues educators and sometimes prevents creative teaching. This course is a professional development opportunity designed to provide a basic introduction to US copyright law and to empower teachers and librarians at all grade levels. Course participants will discover that the law is designed to help educators and librarians.

Certificate in Copyright Management : 2016 marks the ninth year of this popular program, a collaboration between SLA and There are nine courses in the program, including two full-day, onsite courses at SLA’s Annual Conference & INFO-EXPO.

The Copyright Crash Course was created by Georgia Harper and is currently maintained by UT Libraries. The Course is arranged into several sections that allow users to explore certain areas of copyright law individually or as a group. The Course was originally created with faculty in mind, but can be used by anyone who is interested in understanding and managing their copyrights.

Copyright issues in Libraries : A Brief History of Library Copyright related to Reproduction and Distribution

WIPO Studies on Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries and Archives studies provide an overview of the nature and diversity of statutory provisions in the copyright law of WIPO member states. They gather library and archives limitations exceptions and provide an analytical survey of the national laws.

U.S. Copyright Office Fair Use Index

This Fair Use Index is a project undertaken by the Office of the Register in support of the 2013 Joint Strategic Plan on Intellectual Property Enforcement of the Office of the Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (IPEC). Fair use is a longstanding and vital aspect of American copyright law. The goal of the Index is to make the principles and application of fair use more accessible and understandable to the public by presenting a searchable database of court opinions, including by category and type of use (e.g., music, internet/digitization, parody).

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