Rights and Licenses

If you need more information about how copyright affects your work or the contributions of others to your work, try the following sites, selected by librarians at Trinity College.

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishes (ASCAP)

ASCAP is an organization that protects the rights of composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. Look here if you need more information about how copyright applies to musical practitioners

Copyright Clearance Center

Look here for an overview of copyright law, information about how copyright compliance works in an academic context, and descriptions of Fair Use, the 1998 Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA), and the Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act

Copyright Website

Fun and helpful information resource, detailing current high-profile legal debates in the media about copyright

Creative Commons

Portal for audio, images, text, video, and education resources contained by "a flexible range of protections and freedoms" that expand the idea of copyright. Offers opportunities both to use and to publish creative work

Fair Use

From the Library of Congress Copyright Office, the text describes the four factors that constitute fair use

Indiana University Copyright Resource Center

A synopsis of practical matters regarding copyright, fair use, permission, and ownership

U.S. Copyright Office

All the basics about copyright, licensing and registering work

U.S Patent and Trademark Office

Find information about the process of obtaining a patent or search the full-text database of issued patents and published patent applications

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

International organization charged with ensuring the protection of intellectual property. Identifies the various forms of intellectual property, including patent, copyright, industrial design, geographical designation, and trademark, and describes current issues affecting intellectual property