Copyright Tools and Charts


Public Domain

Public Domain Slider – This tool can assist you with in determining whether a work you want to use may be in the public domain.

Copyright Research

Card Catalog – This brochure (PDF) details how you can search copyright records at the Library of Congress. These records cover registration of works from 1790 through 1977.

US Copyright Office Online Catalog – This online catalog allows you to search registered (or renewed) works from January 1, 1978 to the present.

Copyright Renewal Database – This database from Stanford University allows you to search copyright renewal records received by the US Copyright Office between 1950 and 1992 for Class A books published in the US between 1923 and 1963.

Copyright and Libraries

Section 108 Spinner – Use this tool to evaluate the need for reproductions made by libraries and archives for their users, for replacement or for preservation.

Fair Use

Fair Use Evaluator – This online tool can help you better understand fair use, make a determination if your use is fair and provide you with documentation in the event that you are questioned about your use of copyrighted materials.

Fair Use Exceptions for Instructors – Use this tool to determine if your use of copyrighted material for performance and display in traditional, distance or blended educational models is a fair use.