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Copyright Resources

The following list of resources has been compiled from the federal government, media organizations which protect copyright holders' interests, and several universities. These Web sites offer useful information regarding copyright violations, consequences, and the types of software that put you in danger of copyright infringement.

Resources at UMass Amherst

  • IT's Copyright and Fair Use Guide for Faculty
    Copyright Basics & Fair Use Worksheet
    Our guide to fair use of copyrighted material, tailored to the needs of UMass faculty.
  • The UMass Amherst Commercial Ventures & Intellectual Property (CVIP) Office
    The CVIP Office works to protect the intellectual property of UMass Amherst faculty.
  • The UMass Amherst Copyright Policy for Reserves
    www.library.umass.edu/services/reserves/copyright-policy/
    This page explains the purpose of maintaining a Reserves collection and how to utilize these materials fairly.

Resources at Other Universities

While all Internet service providers are required to comply with the DMCA, procedures may vary by University.

Media Organizations

  • A Better Way Forward: Voluntary Collective Licensing of Music File Sharing
    www.eff.org/wp/better-way-forward-voluntary-collective-licensing-music-file-sharing
    The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) seeks to establish a system of Voluntary Collective Licensing, an alternate method for sharing media safely, with no government intervention and fair earnings for all artists involved.
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation's (EFF) Information on Intellectual Property
    www.eff.org/issues/intellectual-property
    Read about intellectual property cases and how to avoid trespassing on others' intellectual property.
  • Motion Picture Association of America's (MPAA) Definition of Content Theft
    http://mpaa.org/contentprotection/types-of-content-theft
    Learn how the MPAA defines content theft and piracy, its various forms, and the consequences of pirating motion pictures or television programs.
  • Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)
    www.riaa.com/
    The RIAA's site includes news on piracy, tips on identifying pirated materials, and how to stay protected.
  • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)'s Definition of Intellectual Property
    www.wipo.int/about-ip/en/
    Learn the difference between the two categories of intellectual property: industrial property & copyright.

U.S. Copyright Office Information