The U.S. Copyright Act and its related laws affect the University community in many different ways. This introduction will direct you to sources for answering some of your copyright questions. There is a great deal of information about copyright from the Yale University General Counsel’s Office. You should feel free to contact the Associate Librarian for Research services Michael VanderHeijen or Sheree Carter-Galvan, Associate General Counsel, by phone at 432-4949, or by email if you have any questions.
If you are faculty, you may find useful the Yale OGC memo on “Copyright: Academic Copying and Student Course Packets.” This can be accessed by clicking here. Faculty members should refer to the University’s TEACH Act Guidelines and Fair Use Tool for guidance on posting copyrighted materials on-line. Further, Faculty Services will help faculty coordinate copying permissions with the General Counsel’s Office, as needed.
For information on registering a work with the U.S. Copyright Office, or searching to see if a work is registered with the Copyright Office, please see the official website of that Office.
Other useful websites:
- Columbia University website on copyright: includes a checklist for fair use, copyright and libraries and model forms for permissions.
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries: includes a useful discussion on posting appropriately tailored course-related content online (Principle 1).
- The Copyright Clearance Center: for permission to reproduce written works.
- Cornell University’s chart on when works pass into the public domain