AALL Program Review: Copyright Hell: Sites to Get You Out of the Inferno

By Katherine Baer
Maryland Collections & Reference Librarian
Maryland State Law Library

There was one session at AALL that gave some real nuts & bolts information on copyright called “Copyright Hell: Sites to Get You Out of the Inferno.”  This talk was delivered by George Pike, Director of the Barco Law Library at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and Steven Melmut, Informational Technology Services Librarian at the University of North Carolina School of Law.  They gave a nice introduction to copyright and then went into the finer points of fair use, researching copyright, and licensing.

Here are a few of the sites they recommended:

The Basics

US Copyright Office: www.copyright.gov

Copyright Laws: www.copyrightlaws.com

Fair Use

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center: fairuse.stanford.edu

Electronic Frontier Foundation: www.eff.org

Columbia University Copyright Advisory Office: copyright.columbia.edu/copyright


Stanford Copyright Renewal Database: collections.stanford.edu/copyrightrenewals

US Copyright Office Online Records Search: www.copyright.gov/records


Creative Commons: www.creativecommons.org

Copyright Clearance Center: www.copyright.com

Copyright Tutorials

Copyright Information Center: www.copyright.cornell.edu