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This review was written and published to address two books about copyright laws by Kenneth Crews and Carol Simpson. Both authors make a heroic effort in their books to simplify the complicated morass of copyright law and education. Both define copyright, its purpose, history, and fair use as applicable to educators. Each author stresses the need for teachers to become familiar with the implications of copyright laws. Developing technologies make more resources available to educators, but copyright laws implemented to protect a person's creative works might seem onerous and are being enforced without regard to the fictitious "educational exemption" that many teachers erroneously believe will protect them. In forty short chapters, Crews, an attorney, researcher, and librarian, presents copyright fundamentals according to current laws. He addresses scope, formalities, duration, owners and rights, fair use, and exceptions. Seven appendixes contain summaries of laws and reports, copyright notices, a fair use checklist, supplemental reading list, and a table of cases. Crews's documentation is meticulous, and the format is readable. Each chapter ends with source notes and a list of articles and Web sites for further information. The third edition of Simpson's guide for schools contains thirteen chapters that cover print materials, audiovisual works, multimedia, satellite and distance learning, computer software, interlibrary loan, photocopying, facsimile, reserves, permissions, and Internet. The last three chapters that discuss managing copyright in schools, implications for administrators, and the importance of copyright policy reveal the author's background in public schools. Simpson clearlyknows how it really is, and her advice is practical and realistic. Twelve appendixes contain sample forms, policies, guidelines, a bibliography, Internet links, a reproducible brochure, and sources of audiovisual works with public performance rights. Providing an excellent guide to essentials, Crews's title will be most useful for college and university librarians and educators and for librarians in public libraries. Every school should have access to Copyright for Schools. Because of numerous changes in copyright law, owners of previous editions will find much new information here. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. Appendix. 2000, ALA Editions, 160p, $45 Oversize pb. Ages Adult. Reviewer: Sherry York SOURCE: VOYA, August 2001 (Vol. 24, No. 3)
In a project of the Copyright Management Center at Indiana and Purdue Universities, attorney and librarian Crews (Indiana U.) discusses copyright issues in an age of digital information and formats and delivery methods that make duplication and transfer easy. He looks at such aspects as what makes a work copyright- protected, how long copyrights last, what the rights of the copyright owners are, and how to determine what qualifies as fair use. There is no index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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In Copyright Essentials For Librarians And Educators, attorney and librarian Kenneth Crews provides an uptodate compendium of information on the fundamentals of current copyright law as it applies to the school or public library. Crews addresses such critical issues as what makes a work copyrightprotects (or not); how long copyrights last; the rights of copyright owners; how to determine what qualifies as "fair use"; and what the "needtoknows" are as regarding copyright and the Internet. Copyright Essentials For Librarians And Educators is a completeunderonecover guide to all pertinent aspects of copyright for classroom and library resource materials, whether the information under question is in a print or electronic format.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780838907979
  • Publisher: American Library Association
  • Publication date: 9/1/1900
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 143
  • Product dimensions: 8.38 (w) x 10.89 (h) x 0.36 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Background and Acknowledgments 1
2 Why Is Copyright Important to You? 5
Scope of Copyright
3 What Works Are Protected by Copyright? 7
4 Eligibility for Copyright: What Is an "Original Work of Authorship"? 9
5 Eligibility for Copyright: What Is "Fixed in a Tangible Medium of Expression"? 11
6 What Works Are Not Protected by Copyright? 13
7 More Works That Cannot Be Copyrighted: U.S. Government Works 15
Formalities and Duration
8 Formalities of Copyright: Copyright Notice and Registration 17
9 More about the Formalities of Copyright 19
10 How Long Do Copyrights Last? The Duration Question 21
11 How Long Do Copyrights Last? Unpublished Works 24
Owners and Rights
12 Who Owns the Copyright? The General Rule and Some Exceptions 26
13 Who Owns the Copyright? Joint Copyright Ownership 29
14 Who Owns the Copyright? Exceptions, Assignment, and Institutional Policies 31
15 The Expanding Rights of Copyright Owners 34
16 Rights of the Copyright Owner: Reproduction and Distribution 38
17 Rights of the Copyright Owner: Derivative Works 40
18 Rights of the Copyright Owner: Public Performance and Display 42
19 Exceptions to the Rights of Owners 44
Fair Use
20 Fair Use: What Exactly Is It? 48
21 Learning about Fair Use: Start with the Statute 50
22 The First Two Factors of Fair Use: Purpose of the Use and Nature of the Copyrighted Work 53
23 The Factors of Fair Use: Amount of the Work Used and Effect on the Market 55
24 Fair Use in the Courts: Quoting from Copyrighted Works 58
25 Fair Use in the Courts: Photocopying for Education 61
26 Fair Use in the Courts: More about Photocopying and Reproduction for Education 63
27 Fair Use and Unpublished Works 66
28 Experimenting with Fair Use: Moving from Print to the Internet 69
29 Making Sense of Fair Use: What About Fair-Use "Guidelines"? 72
30 Making Sense of Fair Use: Fair-Use Guidelines and One University's Response 74
Special Exceptions
31 Displays and Performances in Distance Learning 77
32 Library Copying: A Statutory Provision of Its Own 81
33 Library Copying: Copies to Keep and Copies to Preserve 84
34 Library Copying: Copy Machines in the Library 89
Looking Ahead
35 Copyright and New Technologies: Computer Software 91
36 Copyright and New Technologies: The World Wide Web 93
37 Requesting Permission from the Copyright Owner 95
38 Liability for Copyright Infringement 97
39 What Is at Stake in an Infringement Action? 100
40 Acting in Good Faith 103
Appendix A Selected Provisions from the U.S. Copyright Act 105
Appendix B Summary of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act 116
Appendix C Summary of the U.S. Copyright Office Report on Distance Education 121
Appendix D Copyright Notices for Supervised Library Copying: Updated Information for Library Services 125
Appendix E Checklist for Fair Use 128
Appendix F Supplemental Reading List, 1998-2000 131
Appendix G Table of Cases 141
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