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For help with copyright, please see information from these sites:
United States Copyright Office at the Library of Congress - This is where to register a copyright.
Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices - This is "the governing administrative manual for registrations and recordations issued by the U.S. Copyright Office."
Copyright Crash Course - Understanding copyright, fair use, and obtaining permission to re-use. (From the the UT-Austin Libraries.)
Copyright Restrictions - Basic statement concerning copying of copyrighted material.
Copyright and Fair Use - from the Stanford University Libraries.
Copyright Renewal Database - from the Stanford University Libraries.
Copyright on Campus - guidance from the Copyright Clearance Center to help with college situations.
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