Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions, Third Edition

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Copyright in the world of digital information is changing at a fevered pace, even as educators and librarians digitize, upload, download, draw on databases, and incorporate materials into Web-based instruction. It's essential to stay abreast of the basics of copyright law and fair use. Kenneth D. Crews has completely revised his classic text to remap the territory with fresh, timely insights into applications of copyright law for librarians, educators, and academics. Readers will

  • Learn basic copyright definitions and key exceptions for education and library services
  • Find information quickly with "key points" sidebars, legislative citations, and cross-references
  • Understand the four factors of fair use and related court interpretations
  • Get up to speed on current interpretations of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act from a librarian-educator viewpoint

Copyright Law for Educators and Librarians--highly praised in previous editions--draws on cutting-edge case law in 18 discrete areas of copyright, including specialized and controversial music and sound recording issues. Information professionals will find the tools they need to take control of their rights and responsibilities as copyright owners and users in this succinct, easy-to-use guide.

Introduction: This Book and the Importance of Copyright

Part I: The Reach of Copyright
1. The Copyright Path: Changing Needs and Copyright Solutions
2. The Scope of Protectable Works
3. Works without Copyright Protection

Part II: Rights of Ownership
4. Duration and Formalities: How Long Do Copyrights Last?
5. Who Owns the Copyright?
6. The Rights of Copyright Owners
7. Exceptions to the Rights of Owners

Part III: Fair Use
8. Fair Use: Getting Started
9. Fair Use: Understanding the Four Factors
10. Getting Comfortable with Fair Use: Applying the Four Factors
11. The Meaning of Fair Use Guidelines

Part IV: Focus on Education and Libraries
12. Distance Education and the TEACH Act
13. Libraries and the Special Provisions of Section 108
14. Responsibilities, Liabilities, and Doing the Right Thing

Part V: Special Features
15. Music and Copyright*
16. Anticircumvention and the DMCA
17. Copyright, Archives, and Unpublished Materials
18. Permission from Copyright Owners

A. Selected Provisions of the U.S. Copyright Act
B. Copyright Checklist: Fair Use
C. Copyright Checklist: The TEACH Act and Distance Education
D. Copyright Checklist for Libraries: Copies for Preservation or Replacement
E. Copyright Checklist for Libraries: Copies for Private Study
F. Model Letter for Permission Requests

Guide to Additional Reading

Kenneth D. Crews

Kenneth D. Crews is the Samuel R. Rosen II Professor in the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis and in the IU School of Library and Information Science. He is also associate dean of the faculties for Copyright Management and directs the Copyright Management Center. He practiced general business and corporate law, primarily for the entertainment industry from 1980-1990 in Los Angeles and earned his MLS and PhD degrees from UCLA's School of Library and Information Science. Kenneth D. Crews has been named the first recipient of the "L. Ray Patterson Award: In Support of Users' Rights" by the American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) Copyright Advisory Committee.

"Straightforward ... a terrific way to teach library students a lot in an easy to read book."
--Lesley Ellen Harris, author, educator, consultant

"An excellent resource for librarians. It provides legal guidance, but it doesn't require legal expertise to understand."
--Information Today

"The style and approach throughout is sensible, helpful, interesting, authoritative and approachable and some lively photos, scenarios and real case examples support the book. In short, this is an exemplary text that seals the standards for such books."
--Managing Information