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Copyright & Fair Use

Tools for Educators

  • Fair Use Evaluator helps you collect, organize & archive the information you might need to support a fair use evaluation by providing you with a time-stamped, PDF document for your records. (from Copyright Advisory Network)
  • Exceptions for Instructors eTool helps you evaluate if your intended educational use meets the requirements set out in the law. (from Copyright Advisory Network)
  • Copyright Genie like the "Fair Use Evaluator" with a whimsical twist. (from Copyright Advisory Network)
  • Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the US chart from Cornell University Library, also addresses works published abroad
  • SHERPA/RoMEO database for journal publisher copyright policies
  • Copyright Crash Course from University of Texas Libraries is one of the best resources available on copyright for educators.

Institutional Copyright Pages

  • Model Open Access Policy from Harvard University, with language for a freely waivable rights-retaining license and a deposit requirement and thorough explanatory notes. 
  • Scholarly Communication and Publishing: Author Rights from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign discusses how to negotiate with a publisher to retain the rights you want so you are able to use your work in the future.
  • The PASSHE Secure Copyright Site provides a number of tools for educators, such as copyright request form, TEACH Act FAQs, and a Section 108 Spinner. (Use your PASSHE active directory login, which is the same as your ESS login)

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