Copyright Issues for Web Publishing
Anyone who puts material on or reads from the Web should be aware
of copyright issues in
general. There is a lot of material on this subject, and the more you
are involved in publishing on the Web, the more you need to know.
These web pages provide a summary for
University faculty, staff, and students of issues surrounding the
copyright laws and their role in publishing on the World Wide Web (WWW).
The following materials are available:
If you are aware of other sources of information, please take a moment
to let us know.
- A summary of copyright issues on the Web
- Three highly recommended sources of information:
- Copyright and Fair Use.
An electronic archive of information on copyright law and the "fair use"
doctrine produced by Stanford University library and the Council on Library Resources.
Copyright and Fair Use: A Guide for the Harvard Community
(published by Harvard University: April 1995).
A very good question-and-answer overview on the topic of
Copyright on the Web. It provides
a higher education perspective on the issue.
- The Copyright Website.
A very complete source of information on copyrights,
covering all levels of information from an introduction for beginners to
full text and discussion of the law.
- A compilation of Web resources.
- A list of non-Web resources.
Copyright as a Sign of Respect
The University passes on many traditions of good decorum to successive
generations. Respecting copyrights is one, but there are others that
are very much related. For example, attribution of ideas may not be
specified or required by copyright laws, but is very important. Think
of attribution as a way of introducing other writers to your readers:
people will appreciate the introductions that you provide. The bottom
line here is: Please set an example by respecting the copyrights of
others. It is especially important at this time, while the Web community
is beginning to mature, to be aware of, and abide by the copyright laws.
The Web is fundamentally different from other means of
electronic communication. Here is a D R A F T of
the University of Colorado's Policy on
Attachment III: Copyright Issues and the