June 1, 2011

2 Universities Face Copyright Lawsuits by Publishers

There are two very interesting cases that pertain to academic institutions and their use of materials for teaching and learning that are making their way through the legal system.

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a good overview of these cases online here.

Our copyright librarian, Nancy Sims, is quoted in this article. Nancy is a terrific resource for any copyright or fair use questions that you may have.

November 2, 2010

Copyright information from the University Libraries!

Just a reminder that the University Libraries have some resources to help you learn about copyright issues that may arise in your teaching, research, and other activities! We offer workshops (eligible for RCR continuing education credit) that address fundamental copyright issues and help you manage your own copyrights ( and that help you understand and apply the law around "fair use" of materials ( We also offer customized workshops or presentations for your class or workgroup, and individual consultations. Check out for more information.

A Request: We hope that you may be willing to take a few moments to fill out an online survey with some questions about your current experiences with and knowledge of copyright issues. Your answers will help us develop programming, like workshops and online training materials, that more directly addresses your informational needs. They will also help inform scholarship on copyright issues. No prior knowledge of copyright is expected - all are welcome to participate. Participation is strictly voluntary, and should take approximately 10-20 minutes of your time.

Thank you!

April 27, 2010

Forum on Scholarly Publishing & Scholarly Values

The University of Minnesota Libraries will be sponsoring a forum on May 12, 2010 from 1:30pm-3:30pm called "Scholarly Publishing and Scholarly Values: Choosing Our Future." Jason Baird Jackson of Indiana University will discuss the reasons why he founded an open-access journal in response to dissatisfaction with publisher policies while serving as editor of Museum Anthropology. A panel discussion and Q&A session will follow Dr. Jackson's presentation. Faculty and graduate students can find more information about the forum and register online at:

January 30, 2009

Copyright Workshop with Kenny Crews on 2/16/09

You may have recently seen an email invitation to an upcoming workshop on copyright with Kenny Crews. Mr. Crews is a nationally-known expert on copyright and is very interested in what has been happening here at the U regarding copyright issues.

I'm writing today to encourage you to attend this workshop if you can. Here's some quick highlights:

*It's short - only 2 hours
*You will get concrete ideas on how to increase the visibility of/acces to your work while still retaining ownership
*You will find out how the U's new copyright policy (approved by the Regents in 2007) applies to you
*You will be able to discuss these issues with faculty from across the campus
*Attendance satisfies the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing ed requirement
*And --- refreshments will be served!



May 25, 2007

Confused about copyright issues?

Are you confused about copyright law and what constitutes fair use? Maybe these Disney characters can make it all clear.

Enjoy a creative explanation via a YouTube video