Category Archives: copyright

Video: Fair Use on the Digital & Physical Campus

Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative associate director, moderated an online seminar with American University professors Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi on September 16. The session recording is available at until November 18, after which it will be deposited in the EDUCAUSE library. Session abstract & bios:


Scholarly Communications & You

New Scholarly Communications website has the latest on public access mandatesopen accessdata management and copyright – all strategic to CMU’s research and publication.

Copyright & Fair Use – New Resources

Copyright and Plagiarism covers Using Other People’s Copyrighted Work and Managing Your Own Copyrighted Work.

CMU’s succinct updated Fair Use Policy (April 2013) recommends balancing fair use factors ‘in the light of purposes of copyright’ and describes academic best practices for fair use.

SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATION: When is Enough Enough to Engage Faculty?

Denise Troll Covey writes: “For three years Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press, and Sage Publications have been working to undermine the fair use exception and safe harbor provisions in copyright law. Over the years they have expanded what started out as an inquiry into text-based electronic reserves at Georgia State University into a discussion of all media and all copying in higher education. Funded by the Copyright Clearance Center, the publishers want the court to render a decision and impose an injunction that would make the university liable for all acts of copying by faculty, students, and staff. The injunction would impose minimum guidelines for fair use copying developed in 1976 (when many resources were not copyright protected because they were not registered with the U.S. Copyright office) as the maximum fair use copying allowed by law. Furthermore the injunction would require the institution to strictly monitor all copying, document and pay the copyright owner for permissions granted, and provide the plaintiffs (Cambridge, Oxford, Sage) with access to the tracking systems … ” [more]

From EFF: Teaching Copyright

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has launched the “Teaching Copyright” curriculum to counter misleading educational materials produced by the entertainment industry — materials that typically try to scare students into believing that making copies is wrong. In contrast, Teaching Copyright is designed to encourage students to make full and fair use of new technology while recognizing their rights and responsibilities. In addition, Teaching Copyright spotlights various stakeholders in the copyright debate, allowing students to better understand the controversies and make informed choices about where they stand. SOURCE: EFFector Vol. 22, No. 16 (May 29, 2009)

“Teaching Copyright” website,
“Teaching Copyright” press release,

Copyright Issues / Publication of Dissertations

Copyright Issues Related to the Publication of Dissertations. Researched & written by librarian Lynn Berard with advice from Carnegie Mellon’s Office of Legal Counsel (2009). This information complements the University Libraries’ instructions to deposit your PhD dissertation.

11/2/07 lecture – Intellectual Property Rights in the Digital Age

Dr. Ismail Serageldin, Director, Library of Alexandria in Egypt – poster11/2/07 video

Subtitle: Reflections on Why Copyright Law Must Change

Presented in conjunction with 3rd International Conference on the Universal Digital Library (ICUDL 2007), hosted by Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and the School of Computer Science.