Resources

Legal Information Institute (LLI)—Cornell University Law School  

Indexed and fully-searchable contents including the full text of all federal and state codes. Materials are classified, allowing for recall of texts on a given subject.


Congress.gov (Formerly known as THOMAS)—The Library of Congress  

Online record of the activity of the United States Government, including The Congressional Record; bills and resolutions introduced; voting records; committee information; and treaties.


Copyright Term in the United States  

Compiled by Cornell University professor Peter Hirtle, provides a useful and reliable tool for determining the copyright status of a work.


U.S. Copyright Office  

Includes full-text versions of numerous copyright-related materials, including the complete text of Title 17 as well as individual chapters; recent legislation; congressional testimony and pending legislation; historical copyright acts; reports and federal register notices; information about treaties.


The Federal Register  

Official notices issued by the United States Government including the Copyright Office. Source rule interpretations, proposed rules, and decisions by the Copyright office; requests for public participation in hearings; and announcements of general interest. Document collection is searchable from 1994 to the present.


Copyright and Fair Use (Stanford University Libraries)  

An extensive collection of copyright-related resources, with a particular emphasis on fair use. Includes numerous summaries of cases and legislation, both past and pending, as well as through explanations of key concepts. 


Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries  

Published in 2012 by the Association of Research Libraries in conjunction with American University's Center for Media and Social Impact, this document contains eight principles on working with common "fair use" scenarios occurring in academic libraries. Topics covered include: digitizing items for preservation purposes, making library materials accessible to disabled patrons, institutional repositories, and more. This Code was created with the input of librarians as well as copyright experts and lawyers.