Copyright Resources

Shifting Boundaries of Intellectual Property:

Copyright, Intellectual Property, and Publishing on the WWW

The following set of links provide information on issues of copyright intellectual property, and fair use. Jeffrey R. Galin orignially developed this site to correspond with his joint presentation with Joan Latchaw (see abstract) at the 1996 CCCC conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 29th. A substantially revised version of the paper we gave will be appearing in the August 1998 issue of Computers and Composition.

For the past two years, The Intellectual Property Caucus of the Conference on College Composition and Communication has held special pre-conference sessions at CCCC. This year's conference will also feature a pre-conference CCCC-IP session.

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Last updated 3-3-98


Fair Use

Intellectual Property

Acceptable Use Policies

Ethics On-line

Examples of Copyright and Disclaimer Statements



Hot Property ( and Copyright and Fair Use ( are two of the most comprehensive site on the WWW for intellectual property and copyright law as it applies to electronic media.

The Internet Ethics Group Issues Copyright Guide, sponsored by the Task Force for Responsibility and Freedom on the Internet, offers a one-page "Webmaster's Simple Guide To Copyright" and a "Netsurfer's Simple Guide to Copyright." (

The Library of Congress Copyright page is worth a look ( ).

The Copyright Clearance Center® Online (CCC) is a "not-for-profit organization providing collective copyright licensing services. [They] help organizations of all sizes and across all business lines comply with the U.S. copyright law and [they] ease permissions burdens and consolidate payments for rightsholders. CCC Online is a brand new way to work with CCC!" (

The Copyright Website is an impressive set of links that "endeavors to provide real world, practical and relevant copyright information of interest to infonauts, netsurfers, webspinners, content providers, musicians, appropriationists, activists, infringers, outlaws, and law abiding citizens" (

The C R E D O Copyright Resources for Education Online The ILTguide to Copyright web page explains that it serves as a resource "designed for use by non lawyers in the educational community and elsewhere interested in issues of copyright and new media technologies" (

Victor Vitanza has put together a great collection of materials for classroom use onVirtual Libraries/Copyrights ( in his CyberReader (


Fair Use

Copyright and Fair Use: Their Meaning for Higher Education is one of the best collections of copyright and fair use issues available for quick reference for professionals in higher education (

Frequently Asked Questions is one of a handful of sites that is a MUST SEE for educators concerned about copyright and fair use for teaching purposes (

The Conference on Fair Use is a Report to the Commissioner on the Conclusions of the First Phase of the Conference on Fair Use. This impressive document outlines a comprehensive plan for fair use policies on digital images, distance learning, educational multimedia, electronic reserve systems, interlibrary loan and document delivery, and use of computer software in libraries (

The Multimedia Fair Use Document is an important nonlegislative report of the Subcommittee on Courts and Intellectual Property Committee on The Judiciary US House of Representatives. (



Intellectual Property

"Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights" (

The American Intellectual Property Law Association explains that it was "formed to assist in improving the laws relating to patents, trademarks, copyrights, unfair competition and other fields of intellectual property, including the study of, and comments on, amendments to the relevant laws protecting such property rights." (

The ARL Federal Relations and Information Policy ( is "designed to: monitor activities resulting from legislative, regulatory, or operating practices of international and domestic government agencies and other relevant bodies on matters of concern to research libraries; prepare analyses of and responses to federal information policies; influence federal action on issues related to research libraries; examine issues of importance to the development of research libraries; and develop ARL positions on issues that reflect the needs and interests of members." Their Copyright and Intellectual Property Table of Contents is one of the best collections of copyright and intellectual property links (

In Computer Technology and Legal Discourse: The Potential For Modern Communication Technology To Challenge Legal Discourses Of Authorship and Property, Deborah Halbert argues that "modern communications technology gives us an opportunity to again confront the debate over authorship and intellectual property that has its roots in the 18th century" (

Janice Walker's "Cyber-Property: Copyright, Citations, and the World Wide Web" delivered at the FCEA conference, February, 1996 (

The US Patent and Trademark Office offers several interesting links on intellectual property. The Report of the Working Group on Intellectual Property Rights of the Intellectual Property and the National Information Infrastructure is a 1995 document that is still worth reading (

Intellectual Property Museum. You can find definitions of a range of associated terms and interesting examples (

Also in Vitanza's CyberReader ( is a nice collection of teaching links on Freedom/Censorship (


Acceptable Use Policies

Arlene H. Rinaldi's The Net: User Guidelines and Netiquette - Index is one of the best sources for netiquette and acceptable use policies that I have found. This site is a must see for all users and teachers who utilize the Internet for their classes (

Guidelines for Educational Uses of Networks provides a selective collection of guidelines for using "networks in powerful ways for education" (

The following set of links are good examples of policies from a selected universities:

The subtitle for the Internet Advocate ( defines its mission: A Web-based Resource Guide for Librarians and Educators Interested in Providing Youth Access to the Net. Its link, Develop an "Acceptable Use Policy" (AUP) for Schools and Public Libraries (, is particularly useful for k-12 teachers who want to learn more about what AUPs are and why they are important. Particularly interesting is an article on Critiquing Acceptable Use Policies (

The "Academic Computing Policy Statements" Archive provides a comprehensive collection of AUP statements across the WWW (

Gopher Menu from Rice University provides a mixed bag of AUP statements, articles on net censorship, and articles on the recent cyberporn media circus (gopher://


Ethics On-Line

ETHICS ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB is probably the most comprehensive web site I have found on ethical issues crossing a wide range of disciplinary boundaries, from Science and Medical ethics on the WWW to military and Movie and TV ethics (

The Centre for Computing and Social Responsibility provides a wealth of links covering ethical issues for electronic media. The purpose of this cite is to provide national and international leadership, teaching, and consultation for research on Computing and Social Responsibility (

Ted Nellen has put together a nice collection of urls at Ethics on the Net (

A couple of discussion lists on issues of ethics and legal concerns:


Examples of Copyright and Disclaimer Statements

ALLYN & BACON WEBSITE: LEGAL DISCLAIMER protects against unspoken warranties (

Post Modern Culture handles some of their net-based publication concerns by allowing authors to retain rights to their own texts ( For each article posted to the PMC web pages the same disclaimer appears. I have chosen this particular article at random (

Some companies like Houghton Mifflin offer permissions request access from the WWW ( And here is HM's copyright and disclaimer statements (

John December's editorial policy for CMC on-line magazine is worth noting (


NOTE: I found many of the sites listed on this page at Murry Bergtraum High School's Cyber Library. This site provides a wealth of links for K-12 institutions (

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