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Copyright Crash Course

Welcome to Beloit College's copyright research guide! This guide contains resources to help answer your copyright questions. 

Here's a breakdown of the guide's pages:

  • Copyright 101: has background information on copyright, ownership, and ideas for getting permission to use copyrighted material. 
  • Fair Use: Describes fair use and shares resources for figuring out if your intended use is fair use.
  • Creative Commons (CC): Explains how to publish your own work under a creative commons license as well as find resources that are available under a CC license. 
  • Copyright Claims Board (CASE Act): The CASE Act allows the US Copyright Office to handle small copyright claims through the Copyright Claims Board. This page contains information and resources about the CASE Act. 
  • TEACH Act: In 2002, this act expanded the scope of online educators' rights to align more closely with those in a face-to-face classroom. Here you can find background information on the ACT, resources, and a checklist. 


About This Guide

The Copyright Crash course was originally created by Georgia Harper and is currently maintained by Colleen Lyon and UT libraries. This work is licensed und a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International license. Attribution: Copyright Crash Course by Georgia Harper:

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Please keep in mind that the information presented here is only general information. True legal advice must be provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship specifically with reference to all the facts of a particular situation. Such is not the case here, so this information must not be relied on as a substitute for obtaining legal advice from a licensed attorney.