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This is a system that provides training and ongoing mutual support to local educational and cultural institution staff so that they can provide information on copyright (not legal advice) in a local context. If you're an Alaskan resident and would like to know more about Copyright First Responders Alaska or are interested in participating, contact the Freya Anderson.
Copyright for teaching (and more) during a pandemic
Scroll down past the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Open Educational Resources launch notice to find recordings for a neat series from 2020 on ways copyright can enable online education. Includes K-12 and Higher Education tracks.
Determine whether or not something is in the public domain. Remember, for copyright, you don't need permission to use public domain materials. Citations are still important to avoid plagiarism, and you may also want to consider other issues such as cultural awareness before choosing to use content without permission.
Federal publications are generally in the public domain, but state publications vary from state to state. Katherine Zimmerman, Copyright Fellow at Harvard Library's Office for Scholarly Communication, has gathered the status of works from each state into this handy tool.
When used in conjunction with the US Copyright Office's Renewals Database, this database is tremendously helpful for determining whether or not works published 1923-1963 are still under copyright or have fallen into the public domain.
Education is especially favored in copyright law, but that doesn't give classroom use carte blanche. This tool helps you determine your rights and responsibilities for using copyrighted work without permission.
By default, publications of state and local governments are under copyright, but some states either put their publications into the public domain or their law is unclear. Find out about the current status in all states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, DC.
"In order to qualify for safe harbor protection [under the DMCA], certain kinds of service providers—for example, those that allow users to post or store material on their systems, and search engines, directories, and other information location tools— must designate an agent to receive notifications of claimed copyright infringement. To designate an agent, a service provider must do two things: (1) make certain contact information for the agent available to the public on its website; and (2) provide the same information to the Copyright Office, which maintains a centralized online directory of designated agent contact information for public use. The service provider must also ensure that this information is up to date."
Sandra Aya Enimil addresses how provisions of the US Copyright Law, including fair use, can and should be used to provide equitable access, or accessibility, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA.
An article by Steve Schlackman, posted 7/15/20 on the Art Law Journal website, talks about the potential costs of copyright infringement from a content creator's perspective (well, a content creator's lawyer's perspective).