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Links to Copyright Resources


The University of Texas offers a helpful  ‘Copyright Crash Course‘ which is a good introduction to the topic.

Purdue University also offers a similar introduction with its  Copyright Overview.

An introduction to the theories underlying copyright by the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard.


Creative Commons offers licenses that provide a range of freedoms and protections for authors, educators and artists. In their words: “Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world.”

SHERPA/RoMEO lets you check the copyright and permissions for various journals and is based at the University of Nottingham, UK but has collaborative relationships with other institutional partners. Additionally, publisher information can be updated by community contributions through a recommendation.

International Copyright:

A summary of the Berne Convention, the main copyright treaty designed to protect literary and artistic works.

Summary of the WIPO Copyright Treaty (WTC) (1996)

Copyright Watch is a service that provides information on national copyright laws around the world, and updates the service with any amendments made to the laws. This service was founded and is maintained by the Access to Knowledge community.

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