Office Space: Preventing Copyright Confusion
CURRENTS Article Copyright and fair use can be a scary and confusing topic today, particularly as people use artists' work to create new content and comment on society and culture online and on social media. This article provides some direction for making decisions about whether a project that uses an artist's copyrighted material meets the fair use test under U.S. copyright law. It references several resources produced by communities of practice—such as documentary filmmakers, librarians, and makers of online videos—that offer guidance for repurposing video, music, documents, and more.
Copyright & Licensing for Images and Multimedia
Good Question Does CASE have information about copyright and licensing for multimedia? Where can we obtain inexpensive or free music and images to use on our website and in social media?
AdvanceWork: A Free-for-All
CURRENTS Article Two-thirds of college and university students see nothing wrong with swapping or downloading copyrighted digital material, such as software and music, according to a recent survey. Because this practice opens campuses to potential liability, they should consider programs and policies regarding on-campus downloading.
Talking Points: Plugging the Holes
CURRENTS Article Institutions are not eager to play the role of Internet police in the battle of illegal file-sharing on campus networks. Education about intellectual property rights and implementing technological solutions can help alleviate the problem.
AdvanceWork: Spotlight on...
CURRENTS Article The general counsel of Catholic University of America maintains a Web site with information on the myriad federal laws that affect higher education.
Talking Points: Copy it Right
CURRENTS Article This column traces the legal history of U.S. copyright statutes, discusses the fair-use doctrine, and examines problems related to copying articles for distribution. It also includes four online copyright reference sites. The column is of interest to communications officers and other advancement professionals concerned with intellectual property and legal risks related to copyright.
Tech Support: I Want My MP3
CURRENTS Article Campus officials must develop and enforce policies on Internet file sharing and other aspects of copyright and intellectual property. Make the policy development process as open as possible, and review the policy annually. Answering the tough questions listed here will guide you to an effective policy.
AdvanceWork: Do You Own the Rights?
CURRENTS Article Can an institution legally post a recent article from its alumni magazine on its alumni website without getting the author's approval?