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Copyright Calculators and Tools
This copyright navigator, designed by Lionel S. Sobel, provides "A Digital Annotated Concept Map of the Fundamentals of U.S. Copyright Law." (website description) It is particularly helpful because it includes items that are covered by patent law, trademark law, etc. as well as copyright.
DIRC - Digital Image Rights Computator
"The Digital Image Rights Computator (DIRC) program is intended to assist
the user in assessing the intellectual property status of a specific image documenting a work of art, a designed object, or a portion of the built environment." (website description)
Fair Use Checklist
This checklist, from the Copyright Advisory Office of Columbia University Libraries, provides you with a document to help you "focus on factual circumstances that are important in your evaluation of fair use."
Fair Use Evaluator
This tool, by Michael Brewer & ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, is designed to "Help you better understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code." (website description)
Copyrights Services - University of Minnesota
Check out this excellent guide to current copyright information focused on "Can I use this?" and "What do I own?" This is a product of University of Minnesota Libraries.
Let Summon Search It All
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United States Copyright Office - Fair Use
This website provides a description of the Fair Use doctrine that "promotes freedom of expression by permitting the unlicensed use of copyright-protected works in certain circumstances." It provides an overview of the four key factors in evaluating fair use.
Reference Resources on Copyright