Copyright at UNCG includes sections on copyright basics, classroom use of copyright-protected material, issues related to scholarly publication and open access, and copyright and plagiarism topics for students. The material is tailored toward questions that frequently come up in a university setting, so there is an emphasis on audiovisual materials, public performance issues, and scholarly communications. There are links to material on patents and trademarks, issues surrounding the Digital Millennium Copyright Act and the TEACH Act, and UNCG’s copyright ownership policies. The site also spotlights the use of Creative Commons materials as an alternative to copyrighted work.
Among the features of the site is a step-by-step “fair use” checklist designed to help instructors determine how they may use copyright-protected resources such as articles, video, and primary source materials in the classroom. Each option in the checklist ultimately leads to advice about whether the intended use is likely to be permissible and to a resource link that provides additional information if needed.The site does not purport to give specific legal advice but to serve as a resource to help members of the university community make informed choices about intellectual property issues.
Hosted by the Office of the Provost, Copyright at UNCG was developed by an interdepartmental team chaired by David Gwynn, Digital Projects Coordinator for the University Libraries. Team members included Coventry Kessler (Division of Continual Learning), Rosann Bazirjian (University Libraries), Beth Bernhardt (University Libraries), Joel Dunn (Information Technology Services), Lisa Goble (Office of Innovation Commercialization), Michael Jung (Office of the General Counsel), and Michelle Soler (Faculty Teaching and Learning Commons). Significant assistance was provided by Tim Bucknall, Richard Cox, Beth Filar Williams, Christine Fischer, and Mary Krautter in the University Libraries, and also by Bo Bodenhamer in the Office of the Provost.For additional information, please contact David Gwynn at 336.256.2606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- David Gwynn