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Compact Copyright: Quick Answers to Common Questions
by Sara Benson
American Library Association, 2021
eISBN: 978-0-8389-3802-7 | Paper: 978-0-8389-3756-3
Library of Congress Classification K1420.5.B45 2021
Dewey Decimal Classification 346.730482


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Faculty, students, and colleagues come to you with copyright questions, both simple and complex. And they all want reliable answers—as fast as you can get them. With this guide, designed for ready access, you’ll be prepared to deliver. Lawyer, copyright librarian, and iSchool instructor Benson presents succinct explanations ideal for both on-the-fly reference and staff training. Copyright specialists will appreciate excerpts from the law itself alongside tools and resources for digging deeper. Practical discussions of key legal concepts, illustrated using 52 scenarios, will lead you to fast, accurate answers on a range of topics, such as

  • barriers to using the TEACH Act provisions in content for online teaching;

  • showing a full-length movie in a university class;

  • public domain and the 1998 Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act;

  • your legal options when receiving a DMCA take-down notice;

  • court interpretations of fair use in three key recent cases;

  • Creative Commons licenses, complete with a quick reference chart;

  • library rights to license photographs in a digital collection;

  • using letters under copyright in a special collections display case;

  • a grad student’s right to use in a thesis writing published in their professor’s journal article;

  • applying the implied license option to post historical student dissertations in institutional repositories;

  • the Marrakesh Treaty provision supporting transfer of accessible works internationally; and

  • limiting factors for interlibrary loan.

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