Copyrights and Intellectual Property Rights

Intellectual property rights arises frequently if you or your students conduct research, incorporate another’s document (of any type) or publish on the Web. Here are some resources that can help you and your students.

Learning about copyrights and proper citation rules is a requisite skill for your students regardless of the media.

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10 Big Myths about copyright explained

Brad Templeton explores what could be the 10 biggest excuses for "appropriating" copyright material.  learn more

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Bellingham Schools' Copyright Compliance Policy

Bellingham Schools can be used as a model for a Copyright and Web Publishing policy.  learn more

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Copyright Law and You!

Tara Miller has created a great video aimed at middle school students. It looks at the history of copyright law, gives examples of fair use and describes "Public Domain".  learn more

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Copyright Office Frequently Asked Questions

The U.S. Copyright Office has information on copyrights and fair use for the United States.  learn more

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons defines the spectum of licensing possibilities between full copyright and the public domain.  learn more

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How To Cite and Document On-Line Sources

The Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) provides acceptable formats for citing online sources. They suggest that it is always a good idea to maintain personal copies of electronic information, when possible. It is good practice to print or save web pages or, better, create an Acrobat .pdf copies of your source material. That way, you…  learn more

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Public Domain Images—Are You Legally Compliant?

Using images found online has become common practice. Photos, graphics, book covers, illustrations, and charts — students (and teachers) constantly use images to enhance their content on websites, blogs, and educational materials. But how do you know if those images are copyrighted or in the public domain? This easy-to-follow post goes over what's needed for…  learn more

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Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center

The Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center covers this issue in-depth, including fair use, what's public domain, and resources for librarians.  learn more

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The world's clearinghouse on intellectual property rights, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is located in Switzerland.  learn more

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YouTube Copyright School

Where Russell learns some valuable lessons about copyright. While the video is aimed at YouTube copyright issues, it brings up a number of copyright issues common across all forms of communication. Makes a great introductory video.  learn more