This 12 page brochure, produced by the US Copyright Office, provides a general overview of copyright law, its protections, and the process for filing and researching copyright.
This site brings together several CAA resources: US Copyright: Fundamentals & Documents; Image Sources and Rights Clearance Agencies; CAA’s Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts; Other Fair Use Guidelines, Practices, and Policies; Copyright Outside the United States; Legal Assistance
Crash Course in Copyright
This frequently cited website by the University of Texas is tailored for students, faculty and anyone interested in copyright basics and provides tutorials on ownership, fair use, and permissions.
Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office
This office was established to address the relationship between copyright law and the work of the academic community. This website provides an easy-to-understand style and practical approach to the topic.
Copyright and Fair Use Center
This extensive website from Stanford University includes blogs, a twitter feed, charts and tools, and links to US copyright laws and cases.
AAUP Copyright Resources
This site provides links (on the right hand side of this empty looking page) to useful copyright resources for faculty.
Association of Research Library's Copyright and Intellectual Property Policies
This site is rich with information and links for those who want to keep up-to-date with national and international copyright and intellectual property issues and laws.
10 Big Myths about Copyright Explained
E-publisher Brad Templeton provides a lively but solid explanation of “10 common copyright "myths.”
GOVERNMENT AND INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY ORGANIZATION WEBSITES
What is Copyright Protection?
This is a non-profit site that provides an overview of the Berne Convention. Although national copyright laws may vary, these laws “never contravene or provide less copyright protection than the Berne Convention.”
US Copyright Office
This government site contains general information, publications, copyright records, legislation, international laws and agreements, announcements, and resource links.
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works.
The United States has signed this international treaty.
The WIPO is an agency of the United Nations dedicated to developing a balanced intellectual property system that encourages and rewards creativity yet protects the public interest at the same time. The United States is a member of WIPO.