Links to Web sites that will help in providing information about copyright.

The Humanities Department on the second floor of the Central library are ready to  assist customers with questions about copyright.

United States Copyright Office Home Page  The official U.S. government site for copyright information. Forms,
publications, circulars, and more information are available on the web site.

Mailing Address of the U.S. Copyright Office:

Library of Congress
Copyright Office
101 Independence Avenue S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20559-6000

Public Information Office telephone number: (202) 707-3000 Operators are available to answer questions, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, eastern time, Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays.

Forms and Publications Hotline (202) 707-9100 Use this telephone number to request application forms for registration of
copyright and information circulars. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.


Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code) to the authors of “original works of authorship” including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.

From “Copyright Basics,” U.S. Copyright Office.

Websites that include information about Copyright:

United States Copyright Office
The official website of the copyright office in the Library of Congress. Includes information on copyright office records, legislation, publications, and forms.

Copyright Bay
General information on copyright in everyday language. Includes tutorials


Copyright Law Encyclopedia
This site includes copyright basics, information on the fair use rule, and law changes that may effect you

Links to Copyright-Related Web Sites
Includes text of the U.S. Copyright Act of 1976 and Guidelines from Reports on the Copyright Act of 1976, as well as to other useful web sites. Part of the Copyright Clearance Web Site.


Author’s Registry
This site tells you how to get copyright clearance from authors and publishers.

Copyright Clearance Center
This site provides information on how to gain permission to reproduce copyrighted works.

How to Investigate the Copyright Status of a work
This site, a part of the United States Copyright Office web site, includes information on the several ways available to investigate whether a work has copyright protection.

Locating US Copyright Holders
Provides basic information about US Copyright law to help in the identification of holders of copyright in the United States.

The name of a song can be put into this website to find who holds the licensing for the song.

The following sites offer contact information regarding periodicals and radio shows for anyone with questions about the reproduction of a work found in a periodicals or of something heard on a radio show:

The Internet Directory of Publications
An excellent site to search for the contact information for over 150,000 periodicals.

A web site that may help identify something heard on a radio show and with contact information for the radio show for anyone interested in reproducing something heard on a particular show.


Copyright Society of the U.S.A
A non-profit organization that was formed to advance the study of copyright law and the rights of holders of all forms of intellectual property.

Software & Information Industry Association – Copyright Law & Related Issues
Information on copyright concerning the software industry can be found here.

World Intellectual Property Association
This site provides information about the protection of intellectual property on an international basis.  Specifically, there is the Directory of National Copyright Administrators available on this site which gives, in most cases, the addresses and telephone numbers of the copyright administrators offices for countries from around the world.