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Association of Research Libraries (ARL) – ARL provides information on several copyright and intellectual property issues and cases as they pertain to academic libraries, as well as additional resources.

Know Your Copy Rights – ARL also maintains this site, dedicates to using copyrighted works in academic settings.

Library Copyright Alliance (LCA) – This organization includes representatives from the American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries. Content specifically addresses those group’s needs and interests.

Creative Commons – The organization’s website details the different Creative Commons licenses and how you can use them. It also allows you to search Creative Commons licensed content.

Creative Commons’ Education – This section of the Creative Commons website is dedicated to educational content.

Open Educational Resources – This website allows educators to use, reuse, created and submit education content for themselves and others. All materials Creative Commons or GNU licensed.

Center for Media & Social Impact – Founded at American University’s School of Communication, this organization pays particular attention to Fair Use in documentary film and video.

Stanford Copyright & Fair Use Center – The website of the Copyright & Fair Use Center at Stanford University primarily focuses on copyright issues as they pertain to education and library communities, including fair use.

Creative Commons
– Creative Commons maintains a directory of organizations and projects that use Creative Commons licenses. Audio, video, text, image, book and movie files are included.

EDUCAUSE – This list of legal alternatives to illegal downloading provides links to stream or download free music, shows and movies.

Internet Archive – In addition to a live music archive available for download, this site has moving images, audio and text available for streaming or download.

George Mason University Dissertation & Thesis Services – UDTS helps Mason graduate students prepare, format and complete their theses, dissertations, and projects.