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The Copyright Management Center assists members of the university community as they work with copyright issues in the creation of original works and in the use of existing copyrighted works for teaching, research, and service. Indiana University is a complex organization with ambitious programs for the creation and dissemination of new knowledge. In the pursuit of those programs, our activities frequently raise questions about the relationship of copyright to the university's research, teaching, and service mission. A principal objective of the Copyright Management Center is to facilitate a constructive relationship between higher education and our legal rights and responsibilities.

To serve that objective, these pages provide access to a wide variety of resources about copyright in general and its importance to higher education, including a variety of other pages dealing with the subject of copyright. You can learn more about the Copyright Management Center and what the CMC can do for you, about copyright policies and standards, and about copyright interpretations as applied to particular situations that a professor, librarian, or student may encounter. Topics of particular interest include fair use and distance learning.

If you are already knowledgeable about copyright, you should find these pages to hold a useful inventory of primary and secondary source materials for probing an issue more fully. We hope that members of the university community will find the resources necessary to help them begin to answer questions and resolve copyright concerns. Newcomers to the world of copyright will benefit from taking the time to read the Copyright Basics Circular from the U.S. Copyright Office and to learn why copyright is so important.

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Pulsing New! Blue bulletIMPORTANT NEWS FOR LIBRARIES AND ARCHIVES: The U.S. Congress recently enacted new copyright laws that make important changes to the rights of libraries and archives to make copies under Section 108. These recent laws create new opportunities for copying for preservation and patron uses and clarify what types of copyright notice that libraries and archives must include on copies made from their collections.

Blue bulletThe IU School of Library and Information Science announces two workshops on legal issues affecting libraries and information professionals: Copyright and Intellectual Property for Information Professionals and Legal Aspects of Information Science. Offered during Fall 1998 Semester, both will be led by Professor Kenneth Crews, Associate Professor, Associate Professor of Law and of Library and Information Science, and Director of the IU Copyright Management Center. These workshops may be taken separately or together, for academic credit or on a non-credit basis for professional development.

Scout Report Selection The Copyright Management Center for Indiana University is pleased to sponsor the second Indiana University Online Copyright Tutorial during Fall 1998 Semester. More than 2,000 people subscribed to the Spring tutorial. Did you? Sign up now for Fall! You say you did participate in the Spring tutorial? Well, this is your opportunity to review the basics and to learn even more, as this version is Updated to include new trends, developments, and strategies in copyright, including:

    A new court decision that directly addresses the fair use of historical and literary manuscripts for scholarly purposes;

    Legislation in Congress that may change the term of protection for copyrights;

    Developments in the law for distance learning;

    Congressional action to create new "copyright-like" protections for databases and to secure digital information resources.

Blue bullet Special Announcement of Recent Developments Affecting Copyright and Higher Education! Are State Universities Immune from Copyright Liability? The Constitution May Say Yes!, an analysis by Kenneth D. Crews of recent rulings in Rodriguez v. Texas Commission on the Arts, 1998 U.S. Dist., Lexis 1310 (N.D.Tex. 1998) and Chavez v. Arte Publico Press, 1998 U.S. App.

Blue bullet Crews, Kenneth D. Fair Use and Higher Education: Are Guidelines the Answer? As published in Academe: Bulletin of the American Association of University Professors, Vol. 83, No. 6 (November/December 1997).

Blue bullet President Signs New Criminal Copyright Bill Raising The Stakes For Electronic Copyright Responsibilities. On Wednesday, December 17, 1997 President Clinton signed into law the "No Electronic Theft Act."

Blue bullete On December 5, 1997 the Indiana University Board of Trustees adopted the Indiana University Policy on Fair Use of Copyrighted Works for Education and Research. A statement of supporting principles explaining the underlying principles of the policy accompanies it, and a FAQ sheet has been prepared to answer questions such as "Why do we need a fair-use policy?" and "Who is subject to this policy?" The Copyright Management Center has already begun the process of implementing the new policy. We have been hard at work preparing materials to assist the IU community in understanding and working with the new policy. We also welcome invitations from schools, departments, or libraries on all IU campuses to visit and conduct workshops and discussion sessions.

Blue bullet Final Report to the Commissioner on the Conference on Fair Use. After more than two years of negotiation, in September of 1997, various stakeholders in the debate about fair use for education and libraries have issued a report with proposed guidelines on three general matters: Development of Multimedia Works; Digital Access to Visual Images; and Use of Materials in Distance Learning.

PLEASE NOTE: These guidelines are not the law.

Please send us your thoughts about the guidelines.

Blue bullet Not the "Last Word" on Photocopying and Coursepacks: The Sixth Circuit Rules Against Fair Use in the MDS Case, an analysis by Kenneth D. Crews of the November 8, 1996 Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Princeton University Press v. Michigan Document Services, Inc.. See also Notes from the June 12, 1996 rehearing en banc before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Further Resources about the CMC

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Further Copyright Resources

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What Can the CMC Do for Me?

The Center contributes to the university's research and service goals by pursuing and sponsoring new research on copyright issues and participating in campus, state, and national commissions shaping copyright policy. The Center is also an administrative unit of the university, charged with fostering and coordinating the development of policy positions affecting the use of copyrighted works and the ownership of newly created works on campus. To achieve that end, we want to work with you, not as your personal copyright counsel, but instead as your guide. The CMC will help you find the right direction, and you will participate in making important judgments and implementing your decisions.

Here is just a sample of the possibilities:

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Why Is Copyright So Important?

Copyright usually arises on campus as a frightening beast, terrorizing your plans and threatening everyone with ponderous liability. That image has been shaped largely by disturbing news reports and restrictive warnings against photocopying, software use, database downloading, and other activities. But copyright's relationship to the university is far more complex, and it often serves to protect faculty and the university as much as it might also inhibit them. Working with diverse members of the university community, the Center proposes to identify the many opportunities and benefits that copyright law can confer. Working together, we can discover the mutual respect implicit in copyright's balance of interests: we can demonstrate our respect for the interests of copyright owners, and we can exercise our rights under the law to utilize protected works to advance our common goals.

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CMC Publications

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How to Contact the CMC

We invite suggestions and comments from all of our users, and we hope that you will send us a message with your thoughts.

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Last updated: 17 December 1998, ARK
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