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Relevant resources will depend on your particular project, but here are some suggestions to help get you started.

Web Resources

  • The Music, Movies, and Computer Software Copyrights page published by National Paralegal College provides a short summary of the subject.
  • The Copyright for the Rest of Us course in Connexions is intended to be an introduction to the subject for high school and college students.
  • The website has information about open licenses, including videos introducing the idea, and detailed information about each type of license.
  • Stanford University Library provides information about both public domain and fair use of copyrighted materials.
  • The National Association for Music Education (******) website has a copyright center with a great deal of information aimed at helping music teachers navigate copyright issues pertaining to student performances and recordings.
  • The Music Publisher's Association website has a copyright resources center featuring a guide to researching the publisher or copyright holder of a piece of music.
  • The Public Domain Project is a source for public domain and royalty-free music


  • James Boyle's The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (2008, Yale University Press) explains the implications of various aspects of copyright law and their impact on culture and creativity, and makes good arguments for a strong and healthy creative public domain.
  • Lawrence Lessig's Free Culture (2004, The Penguin Press) recounts the history of intellectual-property law, including some very instructive and engaging stories which students might enjoy. He also details the consequences of current laws and makes a well-reasoned argument for policies that allow, encourage, and reward creative activity by individual citizens rather than favoring powerful media corporations.