Copyright & Plagiarism

Copyright Resources
  • All About Creative Commons And Copyright For Educators: A thorough background on copyright and the Creative Commons in education by Steven W. Anderson, District Instructional Technologist at Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools.
  • Center for Media & Social Impact (CMSI): The Center for Media & Social Impact at American University provides an overview and resources for the fair use of copyrighted media.
  • Copyright Alliance: The Copyright Alliance is the unified voice of the copyright community, representing the interests of thousands of individuals and organizations across the spectrum of copyright disciplines.
  • Copyright and Fair Use: A good summary of what's appropariate for the educational use of copyrighted materials.   
  • Copyright Genie: Helps you find out if a work is covered by U.S. copyright, calculate its terms of protection, and collect and publish the results (as a PDF) to save for your records or further vetting with a copyright specialist.
  • Copyight on YouTube: Copyright is an important topic for the entire YouTube community. Here you’ll find access to all the information and tools needed to manage your rights on the YouTube platform and learn more about respecting the rights of other creators.
  • Creative Commons: Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools.
  • Creative Commons Media: A good summary of what the Creative Commons is, and how a Creative Commons License works.
  • Exceptions for Instructors eTool: The U.S. Copyright Code provides for the educational use of copyrighted material without the permission of the copyright holder under certain conditions. Use this free online tool to find out if your intended use meets the requirements set out in the law. This tool can also help you collect information detailing your educational use and provide you with a summary in PDF format.  
  • Fair Use Evaluator: This tool is designed to help you better understand how to determine the "fairness" of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code. The tool will help you collect, organize & archive the information you might need to support a fair use evaluation by providing you with a time-stamped, PDF document for your records, which could prove valuable, should you ever be asked by a copyright holder to provide your fair use evaluation and the data you used to support it.
  • This web site is a way for librarians to learn about copyright and seek feedback and advice from fellow librarians and copyright specialists.
  • Section 108 Spinner: Section 108 of the U.S. Copyright Code allows libraries and archives, under certain circumstances, to make reproductions of copyrighted materials without the permission of the copyright holder. This simple tool can help you determine if your reproduction is covered by Section 108 and collect information to support your use of the exception.
  • U.S. Copyrgiht Office: The Copyright Office furnishes information about the provisions of the copyright law and the procedures for making a registration or recordation, explains the operations and practices of the Copyright Office, and reports on facts found in the public records of the Office.

Copyright Resources for Artists

  • AFM & SAG-AFTRA Fund: The "Fund" is an independent entity whose purpose is to collect and distribute royalties from various foreign territories and royalties established by government statute under U.S. Copyright Law.
  • American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) ASCAP protects the rights of ASCAP members by licensing and distributing royalties for the non-dramatic public performances of their copyrighted works. ASCAP licensees encompass all who want to perform copyrighted music publicly. We make giving and obtaining permission to perform music simple for both creators and music users.
  • Artists Rights Society (ARS): Artists Rights Society (ARS) is a copyright, licensing, and monitoring organization for visual artists in the United States.
  • BMI (Broadcast ): BMI is the bridge between songwriters and the businesses and organizations that want to play their music publicly.
  • Copyright Clearance Center (CCC): At the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), their mission is to make it easy for people to get, use and share content worldwide, while protecting the interests of creators, publishers and other copyright holders.
  • helps you legally release your new recording of a song that someone else wrote, quickly and easily in 1-2 business days.
  • Harry Fox Agency, Inc.: HFA is the leading provider of rights management, licensing, and royalty services for the U.S. music industry.
  • Jukebox License Office: The JLO is a joint venture of the United States performing rights organizations, ASCAP, BMI and SESAC. ASCAP, BMI and SESAC combined represent essentially every copyrighted song in the United States and much of the world.
  • Motion Picture Licensing Corporation (MPLC): MPLC is an international, independent copyright licensing agency authorized by motion picture copyright holders, such as studios and producers, to issue the MPLC Umbrella License for the public performance of copyrighted motion pictures and other programs.
  • Loudr: Loudr connects music lovers, creators, and enablers through modern rights and distribution solutions for the ever-evolving music marketplace.
  • Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA): RIAA represents some of the most iconic record labels—Atlantic, Capitol, RCA, Warner Bros., Columbia, Motown and countless others—behind today’s most popular artists. RIAA works to protect artists’ creative freedom and promote the unique work that labels do to support them.
  • Rightsflow: RightsFlow supports YouTube and Google Play by simplifying music licensing through song identification, monetization, reporting and payment efforts.
  • Rumblefish: Rumblefish simplifies business for digital services, publishers, labels, artists and apps.
  • Samuel French, Inc.: The goal of Samuel French is to make the process of licensing a show as seamless and convenient as possible.
  • SESAC: SESAC Holdings is the only U.S.-based Music Rights Organization that administers public performance, mechanical, synchronization and other rights. SESAC Holdings is unique in its ability to offer singular licenses for the works of its affiliated writers and publishers that aggregate both performance and mechanical rights in order to drive greater efficiency in licensing.
  • SongFILE: Songfile is a limited quantity mechanical licensing application that gives all users the tools to license copyrighted works.
  • SoundExchange: SoundExchange is a non-profit performance rights organization that collects and distributes royalties on the behalf of sound recording copyright owners (SRCOs — record labels, generally) and featured artists for non-interactive digital transmissions, including satellite, Internet radio, and cable television music channels. In addition to music, SoundExchange also collects royalties for comedy and spoken word recordings.
  • VAGA: VAGA is an artists’ rights organization and copyright collective, representing over 6,000 visual artists worldwide.
Plagiarism Resources