December 15, 2019

Primary Source Learning: Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright


There is a lot of talk about copyright today. If you’d like some resources to help explain the development of copyright law and how it works, head over to the Library of Congress online Teachers section or just click the links below.

Copyright Exposed video (Adobe Flash player required)

Copyright timeline

Brief History of Copyright in the United States U.S. Copyright Office

Copyright law FAQ for students

Steps to register a copyright

Copyright and Primary Sources Q&A for teachers

Copyright and Primary Sources online professional development module

Understanding Copyright professional development materials (.pdf)

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

U.S. Copyright Office

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education (American University)

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