Charts and Tools


Is it Still in Copyright?

Digital Images

Library and Archive Exception

Fair Use

  • Fair Use Evaluator – by Michael Brewer & ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
  • Checklist for Fair Use Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University Libraries/Information Services
  • The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is pleased to announce the release of Fair Use Challenges in Academic and Research Libraries, a report that summarizes research into the current application of fair use and other copyright exemptions to meet the missions of U.S. academic and research libraries.

Do I have Permission to Use a Work? How can I Give Permission?

  • Search for creative commons works or create a Creative Commons license for your own work.

Copyright Law Fundamentals Flowchart

  • Copyright Navigator A Digital Annotated Concept Map of the Fundamentals of U.S. Copyright Law by Lionel S. Sobel, Professor, Southwestern University School of Law
    Editor, Entertainment Law Reporter

Codes of Best Practices

Copyright Tutorials

  • Copyright for Librarians A free online tutorial developed by the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School and Electronic Information for Libraries (eIFL).
  • Introduction to Copyright Law A free, online course from MIT’s OpenCourseWare. Electrical Engineering & Computer Science course, with specifics on copyright applying to music and audiovisual content. Reading list, syllabus and 4 video lectures.
  • University of Texas “Copyright Crash Course”, with sections on multimedia creation, digital libraries and copyright, copyright management, licensing and online presentations.
  • Columbia University Correcting Course: Rebalancing Copyright Columbia University in the City of New York and the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP) of the American Library Association present Correcting Course: Rebalancing Copyright for Libraries in the National and International Arenas. Correcting Course offers a high-level briefing on developments in the United States and in international venues affecting the balanced interpretation and application of copyright. It promotes a renewed activism in support of fair use and the full complement of copyright exceptions and limitations which enable libraries to serve their communities.
  • Denison University – Copyright in 90 Seconds This site is designed for instructional purposes and offers a variety of methods by which you can educate yourself about copyright law. The information contained on this site is not meant as legal advice. The content was prepared to inform those in the academic community about copyright. If you are seeking legal or expert assistance, please seek the services of a competent legal professional.