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Brian Cockburn Brian Cockburn's principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, and intellectual property.
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Copyright@JMU is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License

Resources and Tools

General Information and Overviews

Copyright Crash Course--Georgia Harper at the University of Texas approaches copyright in a unique way.

JMU@Center for Intellectual Property--brings you up to date information and resources on the legal and ethical use of information in today's changing digital environment.

Educational Opportunities--Community Conversations are free for JMU faculty and staff and full Courses for a reduced fee.  Contact Copyright Coordinator for additional information.

Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries--a clear and easy-to-use statement of fair and reasonable approaches to fair use developed by and for librarians who support academic inquiry and higher education.

Teaching Copyright

Copyright Triage--learn or teach the basics of copyright.

Copyright Navigator video--26 minute video intorduction to copyright including all content from the Copyright Navigator Prezi presentation.

Copyright Navigator--brief prezi tutorial on copyright for faculty.

Fair Use Evaluator--assists in making and documenting a fair use evaluation.

Module 7 from Go 4 the Gold--JMU’s Go for the Gold literacy system includes a module that deals specifically with citing sources and fair use.

Protection and Seek Permission

The Copyright Genie--just answer some short questions and – Shazam!  You’ll learn exactly when a particular work will fall (or has fallen) into the public domain!

Public Domain Slider--very basic tool to determine quickly whether a work might be in public domain.

Copyright Term Limits--Use Cornell ‘s complete tabular page to determine what may or may not be in public domain.  More complete than the Public Domain Slider.

Using Media in Teaching and Projects

Exceptions for Instructor's eTool--helps determine and document whether your instructional use meets the requirements.

TEACH Act Toolkit--Peggy Hoon at UNC Charlotte has describes the TEACH.

Free Media for Creative Use--JMU Libraries offers a page of resources that provide free images, music, and video for you to use.

Best Practices in Media--a video and document describing best practices for documentary and Art film makers.

Statement on the Digital Transmission of Audio--the Music Library Association supports the creation and transmission of digital audio file copies of copyrighted recordings of musical works for course reserves purposes, under certain conditions.

Statement on the Fair Use of Images for Teaching, Research, and Study--this fair use statement describes certain uses of copyrighted still images that the Visual Resources Association (VRA) believes fall within the fair use doctrine under United States copyright law.

Section 108 Spinner--helps you determine whether a library may make a reproduction without the permission of the rights holder.

Also, see the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, in left column.

Protecting Your Own Works

Video Release Form--allows the university to use recordings of visiting lecturers, or guest performers “captured” on video or audio. One caveat:  This is not for "research".  The IRB process must be used whenever an investigator is conducting research as defined in JMU policy 1104

JMU's Intellectual Property Policy--establishes ownership criteria for intellectual property at JMU.

Creative Commons--Creative Commons licensing is a good way to dictate how your own intellectual property may be used.