Copyright law can be pretty complicated. A few innovative tools and resources have emerged to help content users understand fair use and other copyright issues a bit better. The American Library Association's Office for Information Technology Policy has devised a handy "digital slider" that outlines what a user should look for in works of various ages. Circular 21, Reproductions of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians, is of particular interest to librarians and academics. This publication outlines how the fair use doctrine can apply in academic situations, as well as providing an overview of Section 108 of the Copyright Act covering copying by libraries and archives.
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