U.S. Copyright Office
Comprehensive Web Resources
The Bethesda Statement is the most generally accepted definition of Open Access in the U.S.:
By open access, we mean its immediate, free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search or link to the full text of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software or use them for any other lawful purpose…”
-The Budapest Open Access Initiative, 2003
TEACH Act Resources
The TEACH Act (2002) redefines the terms and conditions on which accredited, nonprofit educational institutions throughout the U.S. may use copyright protected materials in distance education - including on websites and by other digital means - without permission from the copyright owner and without payment of royalties.
TEACH Act Resources:
Additional Resources for Instructors
“Orphan Works” are copyrighted works whose owners may be impossible to identify or locate.
Orphan Works Resources: