Copyright – What is it?
The copyright law protects the intellectual property rights of authors or other creators by granting them exclusive rights to control how their works may be used, including the rights to reproduce, distribute, publicly perform and publicly display their work.  The rights granted under the law extend to literary, dramatic, musical, architectural, cartographic, choreographic, pantomimic, pictorial, graphic, sculptural, and audiovisual creations. 
Employees and students should assume that copyright restrictions apply, unless they have determined that materials are not copyrighted or they have received the copyright holder’s permission to use the copyrighted materials.
Certain works may not be subject to copyright protections, including works:  (1) authored by the United States government; (2) originally non-copyrightable; (3) authored prior to 1923; (4) clearly marked as in the public domain; (5) expressly authorized by a Creative Common license and as specified by the copyright owner. 
  U.S. Copyright Law
The text of U.S. copyright law available here, which is title 17 of the United States Code, is now completely up to date, and includes the amendments in 2009 and 2010
  Copyright Basics
Published by the U.S. Copyright Office
  Copyright FAQ
Published by the U.S. Copyright Office
  Public Domain Slider
This is a tool to help determine the copyright status of a work that is first published in the United States. Work published before 1923 is in the public domain, but the copyright status for copyrighted works after 1923 can be difficult to determine because of varying copyright registration requirements over the years and because the term of copyright has changed a number of times.
  Public Domain
According to the U.S. Copyright Office, the public domain is not a place. A work of authorship is in the “public domain” if it is no longer under copyright protection or if it failed to meet the requirements for copyright protection. Works in the public domain may be used freely without the permission of the former copyright owner.
  Creative Commons
The infrastructure of Creative Commons consists of a set of copyright licenses and tools that creates a balance and/or option for authors within the traditional “all rights reserved" of the U.S. Copyright Law and the idea of universal access to research, education, and culture. Copyright was created long before the emergence of the Internet, and can make it hard to legally perform actions we take for granted on the network: copy, paste, edit source, and post to the Web.
  Library of Congress - Copyright Education Tools
(1) Taking the Mystery Out of Copyright and the professional development modules (2) Copyright and Primary Sources and (3) Understanding Copyright.
  American Library Association
Outstanding information resource on topics such as articles, legislation, tools. court cases, Digital Millennium Copyright, Distance Education and the TEACH Act, Fair Use, general copyright, Google Book Settlement, international copyright, open access, and orphan works.
  Copyright Resources - Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, Copyright Advisory Office
  National Education Association Copyright Resources
Includes links to authoritative copyright resources such as U.S. Copyright Office, Universities and College sites, and NEA presentations.
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Office of Library Information Services, April 2012