Copyright and Intellectual Property


TEACH Act Information

A Penn State collection of information about the TEACH Act.


A Video Clip Decision Tree

Using this great "decision tree" from Becky Albitz, Electronic Resources/Copyright Librarian at the University Libraries will help you figure out if you can digitize/post a video clip legally. can be used as a means to teach students how to work with sources and to raise awareness of paraphrasing and quoting skills in order to avoid plagiarism." From the ITS site, " is a Web-based plagiarism detection and prevention system owned by, Inc., to which Penn State has a subscription.  


Sample Copyright Permissions Letter

Need to obtain permission to use an image, document, or other resource in your course? This sample letter is provided as a starting point. Yellow highlighting is used to indicate components of the letter that should be modified for your use.

Sample Email for Video Captioning

Need to get a video on YouTube captioned that we don't sponsor ourselves? Use this sample email message to request the owner to allow us to caption it for them!


Cyberplagiarism: Detection and Prevention

Penn State's Teaching and Learning with technology group has a great resource for faculty on the subject of plagiarism (with a "student view" that is nice to link to from a course). is a great resource about plagiarism in "plain English!"


Intellectual Property Rights of Penn State Students

Guideline IPG02 Special Student Intellectual Property Agreement is the official University policy stating the rights and responsibilities regarding intellectual property created as a student at The Pennsylvania State University.


Penn State's Policy on Confidentiality of Student Records

Policy AD11University Policy on Confidentiality of Student Records is important information every faculty and staff member at Penn State should know.


Copyright - When Works Pass into the Public Domain

Laura Gasaway is one of the current copyright gurus, and her work is frequently referenced among those "in the know" about copyright and fair use issues. This chart entitled "When U.S. Works Pass Into the Public Domain" outlines some of the issues related to fair use and public domain.


Chilling Effects Clearinghouse

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse is a joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, and University of San Francisco law school clinics. The site helps users understand the protections intellectual property laws and the First Amendment give to online activities.