This guide is intended to provide users with helpful resources for determining copyright status and obtaining permission to publish copyrighted materials.
U.S. Copyright office
The homepage has been created with the desire to serve the copyright community of creators and users, as well as the general public, and includes such topics as "What is copyright?" and the latest on orphan works.
U.S. Copyright Catalog
Search for works registered and documents recorded by the U.S. Copyright Office since January 1, 1978.
WATCH (Writers Artists and Their Copyright Holders)
A database of copyright contacts for writers, artists, and prominent figures in other creative fields in the U.S. and U.K., run by the Harry Ransom Center and University of Reading Library. Also includes links to other U.S. and U.K. copyright resources.
FOB (Firms Out of Business)
A database of publishing, literary, and other firms that have gone out of business, run by the Harry Ransom Center and University of Reading Library.
Answers the question "Is it protected by copyright?" for works first published in the U.S.
Copyright Clearance Center
This Program is made available for your use by the rights licensing experts at the Copyright Clearance Center.
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