Welcome to Know Your Copy Rights…a website for librarians who are developing positive educational programs for academic users of copyrighted materials in US not-for-profit institutions.
This site looks at copyright from the perspectives of all key academic stakeholders and suggests what each group can do to enhance their copyright practices and advance academic interests. To help libraries undertake a campus copyright educational campaign, a range of tools are offered. Your feedback on what is most useful is encouraged!
Remember, the scope of this website is on using the works of others for teaching and learning. For information about encouraging academic authors to manage their own intellectual property, see the Author Rights website maintained by SPARC.
The Know Your Copy Rights educational initiative is a project of the Association of Research Libraries. The initiative is endorsed by these leading organizations:
Library Copyright Alliance (AALL, ALA, ARL, MLA, SLA) Council on Library and Information Resources
Disclaimer: When this website was created in 2007, the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) carefully reviewed its contents to ensure their accuracy and conformity with well-accepted practices under US law. However, ARL makes no warranty whatsoever in connection with the information and disclaims liability for damages resulting from its use. No legal services are provided or intended to be provided.