The U.S. Constitution gives Congress the power to enact laws "to promote the progress of science and useful arts, by securing for limited times to authors and inventors the exclusive right to their respective writings and discoveries" (Article I, Section 8). The Copyright Law of the United States of America, contained in Title 17 of the United States Code, provides this protection to authors. The U.S. Copyright Office administers the copyright law and maintains the public record of copyright registrations.
Text of the current law including recent amendments.
See also Library of Congress Copyright Office. Circular 15a, Duration of Copyright: Provisions of the Law Dealing with the Length of Copyright Protection (Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 2004) http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ15a.pdf
Covers general, personal, and classroom use of copyrighted materials specific to the University of Illinois. Plus links to other information on copyright and fair use, including electronic reserves, Internet/computer technologies, etc. Produced by the University of Illinois Office of the Chief Information Officer (CIO).
Provides information to Illinois scholars about managing their intellectual proporty. Includes details about new publishing models, the importance of retaining control of one's copyrights, and the archiving of one's scholarly output in the University of Illinois' digital repository IDEALS (Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship). Produced by the University Library.
The Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS) is a digital repository that serves as a permanent and secure online home for work produced by University of Illinois faculty and scholars. You can make your work publicly available; look into depositing your work.
Copyright and Related Rights
Copyright: UNESCO Culture Center
TRIPS: Trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights
Produced by the American Library Association and Michael Brewer, this tool can help you work through the four principles of Fair Use.
A 2007 brochure aimed at faculty and teaching assistants published by the Association of Research Libraries.
Frequently asked questions about copyright, reproduced from the former Copyright Management Center at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis.
Copyright Crash Course
Copyright & Fair Use
Cornell Copyright Information Center - a collaboration of the Cornell University Library, Cornell Information Technologies, Office of Technologies, Office of University Counsel, and The Cornell Store.
Scholarly Communication Center: Tutorial Series
Search copyright records
Copyright Renewal Database
Discussion forum on library copyright and general scholarly copyright issues.
Provides information and guidance on Slavic and Eastern European and international copyright.