The United States Constitution provides for copyright in article I, section 8, clause 8, which grants to Congress the power "To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts , by securing for limited Times for Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective writings and discoveries[.]" Since the founding of the United States, then, copyright law has played an important role in the authorship of books and other writings, and since the late nineteenth century, audio recordings, followed by video and now digital media. Beginning in the 1970's, Congress has amended copyright several times while attempting to realize the implications of newer technologies. Authors and users of potentially copyrighted works need to have a basic familiarity with the features of copyright law, and as importantly, need to be able to locate more detailed information. The Library provides these resource links to help you meet that need. If you find that you need additional information, please consider contacting your personal attorney.
If you have questions about this page, please contact the National Administrative Librarian, Laurel Wolfson.
For Authors, Artists, and other Creators
Copyright Basics from the United States Copyright Office (PDF document may download slowly)
Creative Commons, providing guidance and licenses to facilitate open access to scholarship.
Resources for Authors, The Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
For Students, Faculty, and Staff Wishing to Use the Work of Others
Campus Copyright Rights and Responsibilities: A Basic Guide to Policy Considerations (PDF), A document developed by representatives of the Association of American Universities,the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of American University Presses, and the Association of American Publishers
Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance, Copyright Clearance Center (The Center earns revenue from arranging paid use of copyrighted materials.)
Center for the Study of the Public Domain, Duke University School of Law
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, 2012 (PDF)
Copyright & Fair Use, Stanford University Libraries
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States, Cornell University
TEACH Act Guide (Performance/Multimedia in Courses), Florida State University Libraries
While the Library thinks that these sites are useful, their content is not under our control and may express views that are not shared by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.
If you have any further questions about finding information on this, or any other topic, ask your local HUC-JIR librarian or email us using the form on the campus library homepage.