Copyright Assistance

Posted: July 25, 2012 at 10:30 am, Last Updated: June 3, 2013 at 4:24 pm

UNDER CONSTRUCTION. PLEASE BEAR WITH US!

Welcome to the George Mason University Copyright Resources Office (CRO) website. The site offers information related to the interpretation and application of copyright law in higher education, with specific focus on the Mason community. Find out what makes a work copyrightable and the legal rights you receive when you create copyrightable material. Learn about the fair use doctrine and when making a copy of a protected work may be considered a fair use.  Also, identify proprietary, Creative Commons-licensed, and public domain content for instruction, research, and assignments.

Questions may be directed to Claudia Holland, Head of the CRO, if you don’t find the information you need on or through this site, or if you just want to talk about copyright! We welcome your feedback, questions, and concerns.

Links at the top of the column on the right side of each page direct you to: material in proprietary databases to which the library subscribes, content in the public domain, and content licensed by Creative Commons. Use these links to search for media you may incorporate into your instructional materials, assignments, and websites. Be sure to cite all third-party content, no matter where it comes from! The second two groupings offer links to services and offices in the University Libraries and the broader Mason community that may be useful to you, depending on your need.

A few words about the RSS feeds at the bottom of this page: The Scholarly Communication @ Duke blog, written by Kevin Smith, J.D., M.L.S., reflects Smith’s personal opinions about current copyright issues affecting higher education. The Copyfight blog presents the opinions of  those who write about and fight for reforms to intellectual property rights. IPKat is a blog that addresses a wide range of intellectual property issues, like copyright, patent, trademarks, and confidentiality. This popular blog is maintained by a cadre of solicitors and other IP experts based in the U.K., Europe, Australia, and the U.S. Finally, Dear Rich, written by attorney and author Richard Stim and other Nolo staff, offers succinct responses (not legal advice)  to questions about copyright, trademarks, and patents. Selection of this site is not intended to promote Nolo products or services; we chose it for the Q&A.

Write to admin at wallyg@gmu.edu