The sources listed in this guide were chosen for the relevant coverage they provide. Direct links are provided to Internet resources and searchable databases.
As always, if you have any questions be sure to ask a Reference Librarian.
What is copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States (title 17, U.S . Code) to the authors of "original works of authorship," including literary, dramatic, musical, artistic, and certain other intellectual works. This protection is available to both published and unpublished works.
Common misconceptions regarding public domain:
- An item is not in the public domain just because it sits on the Internet, and just because someone claims an item on the Internet is in the public domain doesn't mean it really is.
- Just because there is not a © followed by a date and copyright owner's name on an item does not mean that a work is not under copyright protection.
- Just because a © is on an item does not mean it is still under copyright.
- An item being "out of print" is not the same as an item's copyright having expired.