Copyright Issues for Web Publishing


Audience

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.

Purpose

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.

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 Electronic Communication, Attachment III: Copyright Issues and the Web.