Why they matter:
K-State Intellectual Property Policy
This document describes Kansas State University's policies and associated institutional procedures for intellectual property.
Kansas Board of Regents Policy & Procedures Manual
Intellectual Property Policy from the Kansas Board of Regents.
K-State's DMCA agent
Contact information for the individual designated to receive notification of claims of copyright infringement.
Illegal File Sharing at K-State
Sharing and downloading copyrighted music, movies, and games from the Internet without proper authorization is considered piracy-a violation of federal copyright laws and K-State policy.
K-State Peer-to-Peer (P2P) File Sharing Policy
The purpose of this policy is to articulate Kansas State University's position on the use of Peer-to-Peer file sharing applications and the unauthorized acquisition or distribution of copyrighted or licensed material.
K-State Course Syllabi Copyright Statement
These Course Syllabi statements are provided by the Office of the Provost and Senior Vice President. The Copyright Statement can be found under "Optional Syllabi Statements".
Showing Films at K-State
Guidelines for student organizations wanting to show films publicly on campus.
Policy on the Use of Copyrighted Works in Education and Research
Policy setting forth K-State's position on the use of copyrighted works in education and research, meeting the requirements of the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization ("TEACH") Act of 2002's safe harbor provision.
Using Media in the Classroom
Instructors often wish to use media, such as films and music, in the classroom. This guide provides more information on using media in the classroom.
Books at Hale Library
Cite Right, Second Edition, A Quick Guide to Citation Styles: MLA, APA, Chicago, the Sciences, Professions, and More, University of Chicago Press, 2011. PN171.F56 L55 2011 (Hale Library Stacks)
The site where you can register your copyrights, renew copyrights, search copyright records, and learn more about copyright law.
Cite it Right
This product of University of Texas at San Antonio, guides users through MLA, APA, Chicago, and other citation styles.
Copyrightability of Tables, Charts, and Graphs
This resource from the University of Michigan explains how to determine whether tables, charts, and graphs have copyright protection.
The next two resources are the same guide, but one is an infographic while the other is a text-based document that outlines the steps with more details, links, and resources.
Guide to Analyzing Any U.S. Copyright Problem Infographic
This infographic can help you analyze any copyright problem when it comes to reusing content, and it will help guide you through an appropriate solution for your individual needs. For a more in-depth look at the guide, see the next resource (below).
Guide to Analyzing Any U.S. Copyright Problem
This is the framework originally created by Kevin Smith and Lisa Macklin with some revisions added for the K-State community.
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the U.S. - Reference Table
An excellent reference table for figuring out if a work is in the public domain and if it isn't, the table also provides the length of the copyright term.
List of Resources for Finding Items in the Public Domain
This list is provided by the Public Domain Review, an online journal and not-for-profit project dedicated to the exploration of curious and compelling works from the history of art, literature, and ideas.
A non-profit organization that works to increase the amount of scholarly works (cultural, educational, and scientific content) in "the commons" — the body of work that is available to the public for free and legal sharing, use, repurposing, and remixing.
A Creative Commons project "meant to lift legal and technical barriers to research and discovery".
"The Beauty of Some Rights Reserved: An introduction to Copyright, Publishing and Creative Commons
Molly Kleinman's presentation on copyright during Open Access Week 2010.
Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries
This code of best practices addresses such scenarios as reserves, preservation digitization, and reproduction of materials for use by disabled users.
Copyright and Your Dissertation or Thesis: Ownership, Fair Use, and Your Rights and Responsibilities
An excellent guide to copyright issues typically encountered in graduate research.
Statement of Best Practices in Fair Use of Collections Containing Orphan Works
This statement of best practices provides a pragmatic approach for libraries, archives, and other memory institutions for using fair use when including orphan works in large digital collections.
Fair use Without Fear in the Academy
The lead presenters are Peter Jaszi and Brandon Butler of American University's Washington College of Law. The presenters describe the growth of the fair use doctrine and the ways that communities, including scholars, are taking advantage of their fair use rights to get things done.
How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a Work
This is Circular 22 from the U.S. Copyright Office. It provides information on methods used to investigate the status of a copyrighted work, which can often become complex and murky.
The WATCH File
Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders is a database of copyright contacts for writers, artists, and prominent figures in other creative fields. It can help you discover copyright holders of items as well as their contact information.
Orphan Works: Statement of Best Practices
This is a statement of best practices for tracking down copyright holders and the reasonable efforts necessary to do so.