Landman Library

Copyright Articles

Those of broad interest to AU community members

 

Articles for Students

A little lighter, a little more popular in content

Nataf, Emmanuel. "Volvo Says All Public Instagram Photos are Fair Game in New Court Filing." PetaPixel, 12 Aug. 2020. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
When you use an app to upload copyrighted material like your pix, you're accepting the terms of the app's license. Sometimes even a license can lead to arguments, especially if the company starting the argument has lots of money and motivation.

Rosen, Zvi S. "Abraham Lincoln’s Gift to Copyright for Photographers." Copyright Alliance, 29 June 2020. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
At one time photography was a new technology. Lincoln ensured it would receive copyright protection.

Ingham, Tim. "Music Piracy Is Going Old School in the Age of COVID-19." Rolling Stone, 4 May 2020. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
Music piracy and torrenting are copyright issues. This article is just information about what's going on. It's not a lecture. But feel free to be duly chastised about the wrongness of doing them.

 

Articles for Faculty

A little substantive, a little more scholarly in content

"17.18 Copyright—Affirmative Defense—Fair Use (17 U.S.C. § 107)." United States Courts for the Ninth Circuit, June 2019. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
This is a succinct, thorough, and authoritative document that discusses Fair Use in the distinct language that authorities use everyday to discuss it. It comes in the form of jury instructions citing the scores of court cases that have shaped Fair Use today.

Band, Jonathan. "Educational Fair Use Today." Association of Research Libraries, Dec. 2007. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
There have been few court cases that addressed the issue of Fair Use in education. This paper, written by a copyright scholar, reaches useful conclusions about how three cases can shape what educators might be able to do.

Center for Social Media. "The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education." American University School of Communication, Nov. 2008. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
A longish, but enlightening look at copyright as it relates to higher education. Note The Tyranny of Guidelines and Experts which drubs rigid guidelines you may have seen that actually do not have the force of law. The law—in fact—gives More flexibility with regard to fair use.

Seadle, Michael. "Copyright in the Networked World: Copies in Courses." Library Hi Tech, vol. 24, no. 2, 2006. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
This article considers multiple aspects of using online resources in coursework relative to the 2002 TEACH Act.

 

Articles for Everyone

A little broader, a little more varied in content

Stim, Richard. "Fair Use: What Is Transformative?" Nolo, 2020. Accessed 9 Sept. 2020.
This copyright lawyer writes a very readable article to help determine what might be a transformative use of a copyrighted work using seminal court cases.

McGivern, Joan. "Creative Commons Licenses." ASCAP, 2007. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
An ASCAP lawyer offers a well-thought list of 10 reasons for musicians and composers not to use Creative Commons licenses. The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers has a particular bias, but creators shouldn’t ignore the issues the article raises.

Issue #1, Irrevocability, receives a counterpoint from "Creative Commons Licenses: Advantages and Drawbacks" (following article) that creators sometimes change licenses anyways to the detriment of users.

Richards, Stephen. "Creative Commons Licenses: Advantages and Drawbacks." Longzijun: Works and Words, n.d. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
The author is a blogger, writer, composer, and photographer. He shares about why he likes Creative Commons licenses, what he doesn’t like (a little more), and what he does with them.

Stanford University Libraries. "Measuring Fair Use: The Four Factors." Stanford University, 2005-2014. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
This is a very good, readable analysis with references to seminal court cases that have helped to define Fair Use.

Walker, Jesse. "Sherlock Holmes’ Latest Case Comes to an End." Reason.com, 4 Nov. 2014. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
Because the characters of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson have now entered the Public Domain, according to a recent court ruling, anyone can now write stories using them.

Lendino, Jamie. "Taylor Swift vs. Spotify: Why Music Should Not Be Free." PC Magazine, 6 Nov. 2014. Accessed 28 Aug. 2020.
Free music is great for consumers of music, not so much for music creators. And not all of them are multimillionaires like Swift.