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Digital Copyright Slider February 13, 2009

Posted by Heather Ford in Snippets.
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picture-10This awesome ‘Digital Copyright Slider‘ has been developed by the American Library Association as an easy reference to find out whether a work is protected by copyright.

By setting the arrow on the date of the work’s publication, you can find out whether the work is in the public domain, whether it was registered when copyright registration was required before 1989, and where to find more information about tracking down copyright owners to request permission.

The Copyright Advisory Network site, where the tool is hosted, seems to be an amazing repository of news and analysis by the library community in the United States. According to the site, its purpose ‘is to encourage librarians to discuss copyright concerns and seek feedback and advice from fellow librarians and copyright specialists.’

It would be awesome to build a similar slider for South Africa. And since the ALA has licensed their tool under a CC BY-NC-SA license, anyone can do just that!