A new website designed to present copyright information and
resources to UNCG faculty, staff, and students, launched on Monday, October 21. Copyright at UNCG (http://copyright.uncg.edu/) presents
information tailored primarily for faculty members engaged in classroom
teaching and research but also provides resources for university students and
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.