Sunday, July 06, 2008

Copyright Slider now available free online

Those of you who attended my copyright session at the '08 AkLA conference or stopped by the Copyright Advisory Network (CAN) poster session may remember the copyright sliders made available by the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy. These handy tools simplify the process of determining whether or not a work is in the public domain, and they were quite popular. Well, if you didn't get one at conference, or even if you did, you are now in luck: they are now available online!

To use the digital sliders, simply use your mouse to drag the red arrow to the year (or range) when the item in question was published or written, and it will let you know if it is under copyright, in the public domain, or (alas, even here) maybe either. It also provides information on any caveats or other information you may need to know.

If the slider doesn't answer your copyright questions, try checking out the CAN website.

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Blogger katwillie said...

Caveat: There is one complicating factor that is not included in this chart. For the 1923-1977 published without notice works, IF the author was a foreign author (Berne Convention applies) and IF the author opted in and sent the proper notices, the work may have been taken out of the public domain. Its written into the Copyright Act. US Authors were not given the same privilege.
Kathleen Williamson, Attorney

1:43 PM  
Blogger Freya said...

I think that this would be covered by the asterisk on the slider that indicates that the slider covers only US works. Please correct me, Kathleen, if I'm wrong on this.

And thanks for sharing your expertise here!

2:20 PM  
Blogger katwillie said...

Hi Freya,
It would be accurate to say that the slider covers only US "Authors," not US "Works."
Kindest regards,

2:40 PM  

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