Open Access: Copyright
- Copyright Basics (12 pages)Copyright basics from the U.S. Copyright Office.
- Frequently Asked Questions about CopyrightInformation from the U.S. Copyright Office.
- Fair Use: 4 FactorsU.S. Copyright law's Fair Use exemption requires a fair use analysis. This VT Libraries page describes the four factors involved in a fair use analysis.
- A Framework for Analyzing Any U.S. Copyright ProblemFive questions for analyzing any U.S. copyright problem.
- Libraries, Academic Freedom and CopyrightInfographic from the Association of Research Libraries
- Fair Use FundamentalsInfographic from the Association of Research Libraries
- SPARC Author AddendumIf your publishing contract does not allow you to retain copyright or archive your work, consider using this addendum with your contract to retain the rights you want.
- Copyright Addendum EngineEnter your information and the rights you want to retain, then generate a PDF to attach to your contract.
- Understanding Rights ReversionHave you written a book that has fallen out of print? Would you like to broaden your readership? Find out about rights reversion from the Authors Alliance.
- Authorship and Ownership in U.S. Copyright LawFAQ from the author's perspective from the Authors Alliance.
IP Ownership at Virginia Tech
Virginia Tech's most relevant policies in this regard are the Policy on Intellectual Property (Policy 13000) and Ownership and Control of Research Results (Policy 13015).
Open Licensing: Creative Commons
Creative Commons licenses are a way to give certain permissions in advance, overcoming reader uncertainty about how your work can be shared and re-used. It represents a shift from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved." The licenses work alongside copyright; you are still the copyright owner. By giving permission in advance, you increase the efficiency of knowledge sharing. Learn more about Creative Commons below:
- Guide to Creative Commons for Humanities and Social Science Monograph AuthorsThis 2013 report addresses concerns from authors about Creative Commons licenses.
- Defining the "Open" in Open ContentDavid Wiley on the five Rs: the ability to retain, reuse, revise, remix, and redistribute.
- The Open DefinitionA definition of "open" from the Open Knowledge Foundation.
Institutional Repository Manager
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