Why care about copyright? How do you properly cite a source?

Resources for understanding copyright

Check out the SAU library's resources about citation here. Learn how to avoid plagiarism here.

Copyright Basics from the United States Copyright Office. The site also has a game for teachers and students.

Download the book Introducing Copyright by Julien Hofman here. Available in PDF or ePub.

Here's a good resource for figuring out if a work falls under copyright.

This blog lays out the basics for copyright online.

Here is a study about copyright and mulitmedia, and accompanying blog post and comments in the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Fair use

According to Wikipedia, fair use is "a doctrine in United States copyright law that allows limited use of copyrighted material without requiring permission from then rights holders, such as for commentary, criticism, news reporting, research, teaching or scholarship." The US Copyright Office outlines four factors when considering if a use falls under "fair use" or not. Find the guidelines here.

Alternatives to Copyright

Creative Commons