Updated January 17, 2006.|
Prepared by Ann Hemmens
This guide is geared toward
members of the academic community seeking permission to use copyrighted
materials for teaching, research, or scholarly activities. The
guide links to selected, online sources. Section
I has links specific to the University of Washington community. Section II
covers sites with links to publishers' permissions offices and copyright
organizations and includes sites
with sample forms. Section III provides links to publishers' websites, for both
legal and nonlegal materials. Section IV provides links to sites with individual author
contact information. Section V includes links to organizations
providing copyright information. Section VI has links to copyright
ownership policies from selected colleges and universities. The links in Section
VII provide substantive copyright information and Section VIII provides links to
websites containing large amounts of information on copyright, including primary
legal material, information on fair use, and forms for registering copyright
- University of Washington
- Publishers' Permissions Offices & Copyright Organizations
- Publishers' Websites
- Authors' Websites
- Government Agencies
- Digital Media
- Selected Academic Copyright Ownership Policies
- General Copyright Websites
- University of Washington
- Copyright Connection -
University of Washington, http://depts.washington.edu/uwcopy/
This website was created by Catherine Innes, Copyright Information
Officer at the University of Washington, to serve as a reference guide
on copyright issues related to the use and creation of copyrighted works
in an academic environment.
Information on how and when
to obtain permission to USE works created by others.
Information on owning
copyrighted works and managing those rights. This webpage includes
information on copyright law, factors related to copyright ownership
and management of those rights, University of Washington owned
works, and agreements used to grant and transfer rights.
Collection of information on
copyright law, University of Washington Policy (including a link to
the University Handbook, Volume Four), a list of University of
Washington contacts for copyright-related questions, fair-use
guidelines, and licenses.
- Copyrights Permission
Center - University of Washington Publications Services (Copy Services
The services described in this
website are available to members of the academic community who are
preparing printed course packs to be sold at University of Washington
copy centers. The Center obtains permissions from publishers to use
selected materials, prints and sells the course packs, and incorporates
the cost of the service into the price of the course pack.
- The Copyright Court,
a streaming video presentation on copyright, fair use, and permissions.
- Publishers' Permissions Offices and Copyright Organizations
- Copyright Clearance Center,
This company provides four services marketed to the academic community including the
- Academic Permissions Service http://www.copyright.com/Services/APSacademic.asp
for use in obtaining photocopy permissions for course packs and class handouts.
- Electronic Course Content Service http://www.copyright.com/Services/ECCSacademic.asp
for use in obtaining permissions to use copyrighted materials in electronic course packs, electronic reserves and distance learning.
- Copyright Management Center - Giving and Getting Permissions
This website is provided by Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis.
The "Permissions Information" section includes a step-by-step guide for
obtaining permissions and links to organizations (such as CCC mentioned
above) that assist in the process, and sample permission letter forms. The
"Fair Use Issues" section includes a checklist, guidelines, and an
explanation of the four factors for determining use. Additionally the
website contains a brief overview of copyright (Quick Guide) and
information on securing and managing copyrights. The full-text manual by
noted copyright scholar Kenneth D. Crews, Copyright Law and Graduate
Research: New Media, New Rights, and Your New Dissertation (2000), is
available at the site. This work includes information for the graduate
student on copyright compliance, how to obtain permission (including
sample permission letters), and how to protect one's copyright interest.
Academic and Educational Permissions,
This is chapter 7 of the Copyright and Fair Use Overview website from the
Stanford University Libraries. It provides information and sample form
agreements for educators to use when obtaining permissions for the
compilation of coursepacks and an analysis of academic fair use
- Copyright Resources
on the Internet, http://groton.k12.ct.us/mts/pt2a.htm.
This website was created to help teachers and librarians comply with the
Groton (Connecticut) Public Schools Copyright Policy.
In the "Obtaining Permission and Licensing" section
there are links to permission and licensing sources, the later organized
by material type (such as print, music and theatre).
Additionally the site contains links to the copyright statute,
fair use guidelines and links to copyright resources on the web focusing
on legal issues, libraries and news.
- Intellectual Property, Copyright and Fair Use Resources, http://library.albany.edu/reserves/copyright.html.
University at Albany Libraries maintains this website which is targeted
towards faculty and students in an academic environment seeking
information on how copyright law affects their use of material for
Under the heading "Getting Permission to Make Copies"
there are links to resources for obtaining permissions (including
University Microforms International).
Additionally the site contains links to sites addressing fair use
issues, links to copyright guidelines and a bibliography of print and
- American Publishers Permission Department Contacts,
This portion of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) website
contains direct links to the copyright permission departments of the
member publishers (over 20), and tips for requesting permission to use
literary works. This site also contains an AAP approved permission request
- AcqWeb's Directory of Publishers and Vendors,
This website is an international directory of publishers and vendors
of various types of materials and is edited and maintained by Anna Belle
Leiserson at Vanderbilt Law Library. Links are provided to publisher
e-mail addresses and websites. There are alphabetic, geographic, and
business, law etc.) directories of publisher websites and an alphabetic
directory of publisher email addresses. Includes links to other
organizations and associations connected to the
publishing industry worldwide.
- Bowker's Books in Print - Publishers, Distributors & Wholesalers of the U.S., http://www.lib.washington.edu/types/databases/
database contains contact information for more than 165,000 publishers,
wholesalers, distributors, software firms, museums and association
imprints, and other trade organizations. This complement to Books in Print contains the editorial
addresses and phone numbers for all types of publishers for various
media formats. This
database is accessible through the University of Washington Libraries
Research Databases and is limited to University of
Washington faculty, students, and staff, or to persons physically
present in the University Libraries.
- Legal Journals on the Web,
Wendy Nobunaga, at the University of Southern California Law Library, maintains this
website, which includes links to online law reviews and journals, indicating whether
the full-text, abstract, table of contents or subscription information
is available. The journals are organized by type (e.g., general
law review, subject specific law review, commercial law journals,
foreign law journals, ABA journals and newsletters, general interest and
computing periodicals) and then alphabetically by title. The
contact information for publishers and editorial staff are generally
located on the websites. Electronic journal and law review locating
services are also listed.
- A Legal Publishers' List: Corporate Affiliations of Legal Publishers,
2d ed. http://www.aallnet.org/committee/criv/resources/tools/list/
This list, originally created by Rob Richards, and now maintained by the
Committee on Relations with Information Vendors of the American
Association of Law Libraries, contains links to legal publishers' webpages.
- List of Law Review Addresses, http://lib.law.washington.edu/cilp/period.html
This website contains the addresses for all periodicals indexed by the Current Index
to Legal Periodicals, which is published by the Gallagher Law Library at the
University of Washington School of Law. The list is organized alphabetically.
- Legal Publisher (Vendor) Contact Information, http://www.aallnet.org/committee/criv/resources/tools/vendors/
The Committee on Relations with Information Vendors of the American Association of
Law Libraries maintains this website which contains links to contact
information, including customer service and copyright contacts, for various
legal publishers and vendors.
- Literary Market Place and International Literary Market Place, http://www.literarymarketplace.com/lmp/us/index_us.asp
from Information Today Inc., are directories of American and Canadian
book publishers and publishers from over 180 other countries. The
database, containing publisher names and
addresses, can be searched or browsed by alphabetical
listing. Registration is required for free access to a portion of the
database (including publisher contact information).
- On-line Directory of Law Reviews and Scholarly Legal Periodicals,
This directory, compiled by Law Professor Michael H. Hoffheimer, includes contact information
for law reviews and scholarly periodicals edited by students or faculty
at ABA accredited law schools as well as selected journals published by
academic associations, trade publishers, and bar groups in the U.S. The contact information provided includes each journals'
editorial address as well as telephone and fax numbers and email
addresses as appropriate. An
alphabetical listing of publications by title is provided.
- Publishers' Catalogues, http://www.lights.com/publisher/
This online directory of more that 7400 publishers worldwide contains
links to publishers' websites. The directory allows keyword searching in
the publishers' name field. One can browse the directory by
country, city or state (in the U.S.), topics (e.g., biography, economics,
law, maritime), or type of material (e.g., books, newsletter, software).
The entries typically contain location information, a brief description
of the publisher, and a link to the publisher's website. The directory
is edited by Peter Scott of the University of Saskatchewan Libraries.
- Ulrich's Periodicals Directory, http://www.lib.washington.edu/types/databases/
This directory contains contact information for more than 240,000 academic
and scholarly publications, consumer and trade magazines, monographic
series, newsletters, newspapers, and electronic publications published
throughout the world on various subjects.
The publisher contact information provided includes addresses
phone numbers, email addresses and websites.
This database is accessible through the University of Washington
Research Databases and is limited to University of Washington faculty, students, and staff, or to persons
physically present in the University Libraries.
- Yahoo Directory of Publisher Websites, http://dir.yahoo.com/Business_and_Economy/Shopping_and_Services/Publishers/
contains hundreds of links to publisher websites organized into categories
law, politics) and listed alphabetically.
- Authors' Websites
- American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), http://www.ascap.com/.
This organization maintains an online database of song titles licensed
by ASCAP in the United States labeled the ASCAP Clearance Express (ACE),
For each title, you can find the names of songwriters and artists who
made commercial recordings as well as the contact information for
publishers. The database can be searched by song title, writer,
performer, or publisher.
- American Society of Journalists and Authors Member Websites,
This website contains an alphabetically organized directory of the
websites of the approximately 1,000 nonfiction writers who are members
of the American Society of Journalists and Authors.
Contact information typically found
on these websites.
- WATCH: Writers, Artists and Their Copyright Holders,
This website, maintained by the University of Texas, contains a searchable
database containing contact information (names and addresses) for
copyright holders or their contact persons for works found in libraries of
North America and the United Kingdom.
- Government Agencies
- U.S. Copyright Office, Library of Congress
This is a vast source of copyright information covering copyright law, the copyright
registration process, information circulars and form letters. Two information
circulars may be of interest to the academic community in particular, No. 21
"Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians" (http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ21.pdf),
No.22 "How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work" (http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ22.pdf).
The Copyright Office maintains a searchable copyright registration
database, LOCIS (Library of Congress Information System (http://www.copyright.gov/records/),
which contains records for materials registered for copyright since
January 1978. The site
also has a collection of copyright forms, http://lcweb.loc.gov/copyright/forms/.
- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office,
This site contains information on patents and trademarks including printable forms,
searchable patent and trademark databases, and a list of patent and trademark libraries.
- Digital Media
- CS-SIS Resource Page for Copyright and Licensing Digital
The Computing Services Special Interest Section of the American Association
of Law Libraries maintains this resource page. It includes a July 2005
PowerPoint presentation by Professor Lolly Gasaway on the topic of
"Multimedia Presentations: How to Get Copyright Clearance and other
Permissions for Digital Projects."
- Selected Academic Copyright Ownership Policies
- Copyown: Copyright Ownership Policies from Selected Universities and
University of Maryland and the Association of Research Libraries created this
webaite containing a collection of copyright ownership and intellectual property policies
from academic institutions that are members of the Association of American
Universities and the Association of Research Libraries. It is organized
alphabetically by school or by characteristic (copyright policies, intellectual
property policies, computer software policies, etc.).
- Copyright Resources
website incorporates work by Eileen Gifford, Janet Erickson, and Ann
Okerson and is maintained on the Yale University Library web server.
This site consists of a collection of "University Copyright
Resources" on the Web organized alphabetically by school and in
either list format or annotated for more comprehensive information
(although the links in the annotated and the non-annotated lists are not
the same). This website contains links to selected U.S. and Canadian
university and college intellectual property and copyright policies and
copyright offices, as well as links to scholarly works from professors
at particular institutions.
The annotated version of the "Non-University Intellectual
Property Resources" page contains links to national and
international organizations working with copyright issues.
- General Copyright Websites
- Copyright Clearances: Using Copyrighted Works in the Classroom,
This articles by K. Matthew Dames, hosted on the weblog Copysense,
provides an overview of the fair use exception for the use of cpyrighted
works in schools under certain circumstances. See also his article
"Copyright Clearances, Part 1: Risk Analysis,
- Copyright Crash Course, http://www.utsystem.edu/OGC/IntellectualProperty/cprtindx.htm.
website is provided by the Copyright Management Center of the University of
Texas System Administration Office of General Counsel. It provides background
information on fair use and copyright ownership and management, as well as
information on copyright in the digital library environment. It has prepared
presentations focusing on the copyright concerns of faculty, administrators,
students and others.
- Copyright Information for Educators, http://www.lib.washington.edu/help/guides/copyright.html.
The University Libraries at the University of Washington maintain this
website of links to new copyright legislation, websites covering
copyright basics, copyright in academia, the draft guidelines proposed
by the Conference on Fair Use (CONFU), and Internet copyright issues.
- Copyright and Intellectual Property Information, http://arl.cni.org/info/frn/copy/copytoc.html
website is maintained by the Association of Research Libraries and it contains
information on legislative activity relating to intellectual property and
copyright. It includes information on the topics of the Digital Millennium
Copyright Act, Copyright Term Extensions and the Uniform Computer Information
Transactions Act (UCITA). Additionally there are links to information on
international activities such as a summary of International Copyright and IP
activities and links to the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).
- Copyright: An
Legal Information Institute from Cornell Law School provides this
website which contains links to the text of copyright statutes and cases
as well as key internet sites providing overviews of the topic and links
to permission forms.
- Information Policy: Copyright and Intellectual Property, http://www.ifla.org/II/cpyright.htm
website is provided by the International Federation of Library Associations and
Institutions. It includes a bibliography, links to organizations and copyright
collections, selected copyright policies, and selected legal organizations and
instruments from the Americas (including Canada), Asia-Pacific countries, and
- Interactive Guide to Using Copyrighted Media in Your Courses,
Baruch College of the City University of New York and Kognito Solutions
LLC, created this free guide to help academic faculty members determine
the appropriate copyright compliance guidelines to be complied with when
using various materials in a course.
- Nolo Press,
Press, a legal publisher known for delivering legal information to nonlawyers,
provides basic information on copyright law under the heading "Patent,
Copyright & Trademark," in the Encyclopedia section.
Works Pass Into the Public Domain, http://www.unc.edu/~unclng/public-d.htm.
Laura Gasaway, at the University of North Carolina School of Law, created this
chart delineating when a work passes out of copyright protection and into the
public domain. It is regularly updated.
- Copyright and Fair Use,
site, provided by the Stanford University Libraries, contains links to primary
legal materials, current legislation and cases dealing with copyright as well as
an extensive collection of links to other websites including government agencies
and organizations in the publishing field.
- Copyright Management Center,
site is provided by Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, under the
direction of Professor Kenneth D. Crews, Associate Dean of the Faculties for
Copyright Management. It contains information on the topics of fair use for
teaching and research, rights and claims of ownership, distance education,
libraries, obtaining copyright permissions, and special media (e.g., visual
Copyright Website, http://www.benedict.com/
Benedict O'Mahoney maintains this site, which provides copyright information on
materials in a variety of formats including, video arts, audio arts, digital
arts, and literary works. It includes links to forms for registering copyright