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Copyright: The Law and Guidelines

Copyright for Visual Resources

Visual Resource Association. VRA publishes guides to intellectual property rights, copyright, and fair use of digital images for academic use.

Images: A Guide to Finding Visual Resources: Copyright. Cornell University. ​"The re-use of images for educational purposes (not including print or electronic publication of any kind) is generally considered acceptable under the terms of fair use. If you wish to publish images online or in print, even if for educational purposes, you will first need to determine whether or not the image is protected by copyright, then find out how to get copyright clearance." 

Visual Resources: Copyright & Citation Help. Yale provides a guide to digital image resources and methods of proper citation.

Copyright for Sound Recordings

Music and Copyright. Washington State University provides information about playing protected music, as well as making or using music in an educational setting.

Scope of Exclusive Rights in Sound Recordings. Cornell University offers access to laws regarding the right to use copyrighted sound recordings.

Copyright Registration for Sound Recordings. The United States Copyright Office offers valuable instruction regarding copyright of sound recordings.

Copyright for Performance Art

Copyright Laws for Performance Art. Dr. Louis E, Catron, College of William and Mary.

Copyright Laws as it Relates to Performance Rights. This article, published by the Music Business Journal at the Berklee College of Music, provides a glimpse of the history of copyrighting sound recordings. It also addresses music, radio, and performance.