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Illinois Tech Library Guides
U.S. Copyright Office
The official web site of the United States Copyright Office. For a further description of what copyright is and laws protecting copyrights, visit the "Copyright Basics" section of the site.
Copyrights protect ways of expressing ideas. As the name suggests, the copyright holder has a right to determine who may copy his words. The right does not extend to who may discuss the ideas expressed by those words. For instance, Einstein may copyright his essay on the theory of relativity, but he may not prevent others from researching his theory or presenting it in their own words. In recent years, copyright has been extended to cover not only books and journal articles, but also pictures, films, music, computer programs, and design elements of products.
This organization provides free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof , consistent with the rules of copyright.
Columbia University Academic Copyright Office
A well designed, comprehensive organization of materials relating to academic applications."The Copyright Advisory Office of Columbia University has a central mission to address, in a creative and constructive manner, the relationship between copyright law and the work of the university in order to best promote research, teaching, library services, and community involvement"
Copyright Crash Course
Discusses the role copyright plays in teaching and research, issues of fair use, how to use copyright materials properly, and how to protect your own work.
Fair Use in Academe
Digital Copyright Slider
Is It Protected by Copyright? Designed by Michael Brewer and the ALA Office for Informatin technology transfer. Consult with your legal advisor or copyright officer as the slider is not legal advice by the developers.
Exemptions for Instructors
To find out if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law, use this free, online tool.
Copyright Clearance Center
Designed for academic institutions, this guide helps answer questions ranging from basic copyright law to the more complex topics of ILL and e-reserves.
Need More Information?
Librarian Charles Uth has put together an excellent guide on Intellectual Property, including information on searching for patents.
Copyright at BYU University
Brigham Young University - Idaho's David O. McKay has put together a very good guide that talks about copyright in print and digital media.
Check out these guides for even more information on copyright.
Even More Information
The Technology Transfer Office at IIT exists to answer many of your questions about intellectual property laws, procedures, and IIT policy regarding the intellectual property rights of IIT students, faculty and staff.
Search the IIT Library Catalog
Use this search box to find books, e-books, DVDs and anything else kept inside the IIT Libraries.