This guide is designed to help American University faculty and students use copyrighted materials in their teaching and research.
What is covered by copyright?
- Copyright Quick Guide
- Copyright tutorial
- When is something in the public domain? - In general, works produced before 1926 are not copyrighted in the United States, but there are many special cases and exceptions. This chart helps you sort through it all.
- EFF's Copyright Curriculum
How can I use copyrighted materials in class?
- What AU Faculty Need to Know About Copyright for Teaching - Best practices for posting electronic resources in Blackboard and more.
- Fair Use Checklist - How to determine if you can use a copyrighted work without permission.
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education - Guide from AU SOC's Center for Social Media on use of materials for teaching media literacy.
- Getting Permission for Campus Screenings
- Video or audio taping in the classroom
Using your work - whose copyright is it?
- American University's Copyright Ownership Policy
- Copyright Author's Addendum - Adjust your publisher's agreement to preserve your copyright ownership.
Making your work accessible to others:
Using copyrighted information in creative works:
Sources for permissions:
- Copyright Clearance Center - Note: The library pays any fees for articles faculty are putting on reserve through the library.
- Model Permissions Letters
- Photography and Fine Art
Contact the library for information on other permissions including international permissions.