From Stanford University Libraries, this site attempts to make clear the term "fair use" and is a good starting point for examination of copyright law in the United States. It includes information on HR 3531, the Database Investment and Intellectual Property Antipiracy Act of 1996, and the World Intellectual Property Association (WIPO) database proposal.
From Cornell Law School, this site contains links to legal documents dealing with copyright issues.
From Indiana University, this site contains a wealth of information on Fair Use Issues for schools and universities.
From the American Library Association (ALA), a sliding scale to help you determine whether a publication is protected by copyright.
From the University of Texas, everything you ever wanted to know about copyright. It even includes a Crash Course Tutorial for faculty to use to learn Copyright basics, especially in the distance learning context.
More information and current actions involving intellectual property laws.
This site has been online since March 1997. It provides information about intellectual property law including patent, trademark and copyright. Resources include comprehensive links, general information, space for professionals to publish articles and forums for discussing related issues.
Includes "Uses in the Traditional Face-to-Face Classroom" and "Uses in the Online Classroom / Course Management System" as well as a printable pdf booklet of copyright FAQs.
Has all U.S. Copyright Office application forms, frequently requested circulars, and announcements, proposed and final regulations.
To search, view and analyze patent collections worldwide.
Google Patent Search covers the entire collection of patents made available by the USPTO—from patents issued in the 1790s through those issued within the last few months.
Includes links to case law, search engines, worldwide patent office sites, related forms and much more.
From Cornell Law School, this site contains links to legal documents dealing with patent law.
Homepage of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Go directly to the U.S. Patent Database search page. Includes both the US Patent Bibliographic Database (a freely searchable database of front page information from US patents issued from 1/1/76 to 6/2/98), and the AIDS Patent Database (a freely searchable database of the full text and images of AIDS related patents issued by the US, Japanese and European patent offices).
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