Copyright Office Information Circulars and Factsheets
Copyright Act of 1976, As Amended.
Digital Millennium Copyright Act
- Anti-circumvention. The DMCA makes accessing copyrighted works that are protected by technological measures (passwords, encryption, etc.) an illegal activity, punishable by civil and criminal penalties, unless the access is authorized through rules set out by the Librarian of Congress. The Library of Congress' Copyright Office was directed to conduct rulemaking proceedings and to publish rules that permit circumvention under certain conditions. See ALA's page on Anti-Circumvention Rule for information on those rules.
- Distance Learning. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) directed the Copyright Office to examine the issue of distance education and copyright and report back to Congress within six months. The Copyright Office submitted its report, which is available at: http://www.copyright.gov/reports/studies/dmca/sec-104-report-vol-1.pdf. Remember that these are recommendations ONLY, on which Congress may or may not act. See the ALA Washington Office page on Distance Education: Distance Education and the TEACH Act
- Library Preservation: See Library Preservation: Changes Incorporated in H.R. 2281, The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (PL 105-304) on the ALA Washington Office home page: Library Preservation.
- Online Service Providers: See OITP Intellectual Property Fact Sheet: FAQs About OSP Registration on the ALA Washington Office home page: OITP Fact Sheet.
Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act, The Copyright Term Extension
The ALA Washington Office Guide to the Copyright Term Extension Act is at:
The roles libraries play are shaped by copyright law and fair use. In the future
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Education Literacy Education
A Guide to Copyright for Music Librarians
Printed resources include the following:
Althouse, Jay. Copyright: The Complete Guide For Music Educators. 2nd ed. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Pub. Co., 1997.
Woody, Robert H. "Copyright Law and Sound Recordings." Music Educators Journal Vol. 80, No. 6 (May 1994), p. 29.
Curatilo, Joe. "Authorized Duplication." Teaching Music Vol. 4, No. 6 (June 1997), p. 30.
MP3. For background on this new Internet technology which allows
The ALA Washington Office monitors legislation that might pose a threat to the free flow of information and information in the public domain. They post developments and their position on their website: Database Protection.
Copyright Guidelines for Okaloosa County Public Schools, Fort Walton Beach, Florida: http://www.okaloosa.k12.fl.us/technology/standards/teacher/copyinfo.htm
Copyright Guidelines, Library Services, Jefferson County Public Schools, Jefferson County, Colorado: http://jeffcoweb.jeffco.k12.co.us/isu/library/copyright.html
Model Law Firm Copyright Policy at http://www.aallnet.org/about/model_law.asp an American Association of Law Libraries Copyright Committee Report.
University of Wisconsin Steven Point Copyright Guide: http://library.uwsp.edu/Guides/Copyright/index.htm
University of Texas Copyright in the Library offers a series of informative articles on policies and procedures: http://www.utsystem.edu/ogc/IntellectualProperty/l-intro.htm
Wellesley College Copyright Policy: http://web.wellesley.edu/web/dept/lt/about/policies/copyright.psml
- Intellectual property resources from the National Paralegal College
- Copyright Advisory Network: http://www.librarycopyright.net/
"Open" bulletin board, provided by the American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).
- U.S. Copyright Office: http://www.copyright.gov/
- American Library Association copyright page: ALA Copyright Page
- Stanford University site: http://fairuse.stanford.edu/
- University of North Carolina-Ashville: http://www.unca.edu/copyright/
- University of Minnesota: http://www.lib.umn.edu/copyright/