Landman Library

Scholarly Communication Resources For Authors

General information about Authors Rights and Copyright for Authors; professional organizations; select research institution guides.

SHERPA/RoMEO. An international database devoted to providing publisher copyright and self-archiving policies.

Creative Commons. CC develops, supports, and manages a legal and technical infrastructure that maximizes digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. Creative Commons licenses are not an alternative to copyright. They work alongside copyright and enable you to modify your copyright terms to best suit your needs.

Scholar’s Copyright Addendum Engine. This resource will help you generate a PDF form that you can attach to a journal publisher’s copyright agreement to ensure that you retain certain rights.

United States Copyright Office. Information about online registration options, application forms for copyright registration, links to the copyright law, and more. 

Obtaining Copyright Permissions. A comprehensive guide for copyright permission and fair use evaluation for text, photos, films, music, and more. Created and managed by the University of Michigan’s Copyright Office. 

Keep Your Copyrights. This site is devoted to all authors and creators of works in the United States. It aims to make clear why you might want to keep your copyrights, and to provide information both to help you hold on to your rights and to grant on reasonable terms the rights you do license. Created and managed by Columbia University Law School.

ALA Fair Use Evalulator. This tool can help you better understand how to determine the “fairness” of a use under the U.S. Copyright Code. 

Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States. An amazing chart for figuring out when or whether a work is available in the public domain. Created and managed by the Cornell University Copyright Information Center. 

International Copyright Laws. This site endeavors to provide access to national copyright and related rights legislation of UNESCO Member States. The collection currently comprises about 150 laws and is constantly being updated and completed.

Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society