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Commonsense copyright : a guide for educators and librarians
Talab, R. S., 1948-
Personal Author:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Jefferson, N.C. : McFarland & Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 292 pages : forms ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Resource guides": p. 185-203.
Format :


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KF2994 .T36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
KF2994 .T36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating
KF2994 .T36 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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This second edition presents information updated as of the end of 1998 regarding the Copyright Act as currently amended. Applicable to both general and specialized audiences, the book covers copyright as it applies to a variety of settings, with numerous usage examples and guideline charts, all presented in an easy-to-read format with the "legalese" reserved for the footnotes. Featured are sections on the use of copyrighted materials, libraries and copyrighted materials, permissions policies, and new technology issues such as computer software, electronic publishing, the Internet, multimedia and distance learning. Resource guides--to services such as the Library of Congress Copyright Office information hotline, circulars, and mailings, as well as the Television Licensing Center, and the Copyright Clearance Center--and to Internet resources, print bibliographies, and other applicable documents and laws, are provided.

Author Notes

R. S. Talab is associate professor of education at Kansas State University.

Reviews 1

Library Journal Review

This new and updated edition of Talab's Commonsense Copyright (1986) highlights recent copyright legislation and the impact of current copyright protection on new technologies. The text includes an entire section on "Computer-Based Systems" detailing copyright and electronic publishing, educational multimedia, distance learning, and the Internet and World Wide Web. The accurate, well-organized guide describes the legal and ethical "fair use" of copyrighted materials and provides the librarian and the educator with an excellent resource for dealing with current copyright issues. Talab's discussion of "fair use" balances the rights of an author with the rights of libraries, archives, and nonprofit educational institutions to duplicate copyrighted print and nonprint materials. An associate professor of education at Kansas State University, Talab has served twice as chairperson of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology's copyright committee. Recommended for all professional collections.ÄMaryAnn Kitchens, Dallas P.L. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Vicki PillardLynette KrachtAdrienne Mammen
Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Part I. Copyright Primer
Chapter 1. A Copyright Primerp. 3
Part II. Uses of Copyrighted Materials
Chapter 2. Exceptions to Author's Rights: Section 107, "Fair Use"p. 25
Chapter 3. Print Materialsp. 30
Chapter 4. Musicp. 36
Chapter 5. Audiovisual Materialsp. 44
Part III. Computer-Based Systems
Chapter 6. Computersp. 57
Chapter 7. Electronic Publishingp. 64
Chapter 8. Multimedia and the Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimediap. 70
Chapter 9. The Internet and World Wide Webp. 76
Chapter 10. Distance Learningp. 90
Part IV. Library Use of Copyrighted Materials
Chapter 11. Library Reproduction Rightsp. 105
Chapter 12. Library Video Usep. 121
Chapter 13. Library Software and Internet Usep. 128
Part V. Permissions and Policy Development
Chapter 14. Permissionsp. 141
Chapter 15. Policy Developmentp. 150
Chapter 16. Alternatives and Scenarios for Media Center Directorsp. 153
Part VI. Notes and Resources
Chapter Notesp. 161
Resource Guides
Electronic Resources on Copyrightp. 185
World Wide Web and Internet
CD-ROM Resources
Online Discussion Group
Online Periodicals
General Resourcesp. 195
Print Resources
Library of Congress Information and Internet Address
Video, Cable, and Satellite Resources
Computer Software Copyright Resource
Print Periodicals with Copyright Information
Legal Resourcesp. 200
Multimedia Copyright Resourcesp. 201
Motion Pictures
Drama-Musical Works
Audiovisual Clearances
Part VIII. Appendices
Appendix A. Guidelines Chartsp. 207
Chart 1. Simplified Guidelines for Print Materials and Computer Software in Nonprofit Educational Institutionsp. 207
Chart 2. Simplified Library Duplicating Guidelinesp. 208
Chart 3. Simplified Guidelines for Motion Picture and Television Off-Air Tapingp. 209
Chart 4. Simplified Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimediap. 210
Chart 5. Simplified Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia Student Form -- Example One: Media Contestp. 212
Chart 6. Simplified Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia Student Form -- Example Two: Media Contestp. 213
Chart 7. Simplified Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia Student Form -- Example Three: Media Contestp. 214
Chart 8. Cable in the Classroom -- Copyright Clearances at a Glancep. 215
Chart 9. The Copyright Mindsetp. 216
Appendix B. Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimediap. 217
Appendix C. Principles for Licensing Electronic Resourcesp. 231
Appendix D. Agreement on Guidelines for Classroom Copying in Not-for-Profit Educational Institutionsp. 233
Appendix E. Guidelines for Educational Use of Musicp. 236
Appendix F. Guidelines for Off-Air Recording of Broadcast Programming for Educational Purposesp. 238
Appendix G. The Bill of Rights and Responsibilities for Electronic Learnersp. 240
Appendix H. The Copyright Act, Transitional Supplements, Provisions and Amendmentsp. 244
Appendix I. Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Actp. 247
Appendix J. Selected Excerpts from the Digital Millennium Copyright Actp. 254
Appendix K. Teacher Survey on Copyright Allowances for Educationp. 259
Appendix L. What Students Need to Know About Copyrightp. 263
Appendix M. Copyright and Trademark Issuesp. 266
Appendix N. American Library Association Copyright Term Extension Act Guidep. 268
Appendix O. American Library Association Digital Millennium Copyright Act Guidep. 269
Appendix P. Library Preservation: Changes Incorporated in H.R. 2281, the Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (P.L. 105-304)p. 272
Appendix Q. School Sample Permission Formsp. 275
Indexp. 285