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Research institutes and nonprofits with free resources and tutorials

 

LEGAL HELP

Copyright, fair use, libel, privacy, public domain, and reporter's privilege

 

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Style guides, grammar help, math help, lists of journalism links

Resources
Legal Help

 

COPYRIGHT, FAIR USE, LIBEL, PRIVACY, PUBLIC DOMAIN AND REPORTER'S PRIVILEGE

 

Legal Help

General Legal Sites

 

The Berkman Center for Internet & Society

 

The Berkman Center focuses on studying cyberspace, sharing its investigations, and advocating for reforms.  You can find research and reports on subjects such as copyright, privacy and privacy tools.

 

The Digital Media Law Project

 

This site provides legal guides and advice aimed at citizen journalists and anyone else publishing information online (from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society). 

 

Electronic Frontier Foundation

 

A nonprofit organization that advocates for civil liberties online. The site has helpful information about fair use, copyright, and privacy issues.

 

The Student Press Law Center

 

This site provides resources, tip sheets, news about legal issues for college and high school student news media. It has especially helpful information about fair use, copyright and libel issues, and you can call or email for answers to specific legal questions.

 

 

First Amendment and Freedom of Information Act

 

Cornell University Law School First Amendment page 

 

The website provides helpful information about the First Amendment.

 

Federal Government FOIA Site

 

The U.S. Department of Justice has a Freedom of Information Act website, with tutorials on how to submit a FOIA request.

 

The First Amendment Center

 

The Freedom Forum operates this website. It provides news and information about the First Amendment.

 

The FOIA Resource Center

 

The Investigative Reporters & Editors FOIA Resource Center is the site for anything FOIA, including helpful information about the Act, links to help you file a request and a collection of documents from previously filed requests.

 

The National Freedom of Information Coalition

 

This nonprofit organization provides a handy state-by-state breakdown of open meetings and sunshine laws. It’s a great resource for quickly finding out about your state’s open meetings and records laws, a freedom of information blog and news.

 

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

 

This nonprofit organization was founded in 1970, during “a wave of government subpoenas asking reporters to name confidential sources.”  The site provides a First Amendment Handbook, guides, legal advice, a Freedom of Information request generator, a legal hotline, and reports on relevant issues.

 

Reporters without Borders

 

This organization aims to help protect freedom of the press around the world, which sometimes means working to protect journalists’ lives.  Founded by four French journalists in 1995, it is also known as Reporters sans Frontieres.

 

 

Copyright

 

Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines

 

The Stanford University libraries website on copyright and fair use is also well-organized, easy to use and comprehensive.

 

Copyright Quick Guide

 

A comprehensive and easy-to-use guide from Columbia University libraries.

 

Cornell University’s Copyright Information Center

 

The website provides tutorials and training, as well as a helpful chart for helping you determine whether a copyrighted work is in the public domain.

 

The Digital Image Rights Computator

 

This is an online tool to help you determine whether you can use a particular image without obtaining permission from the copyright holder (from the Visual Resources Association).

 

Fair Use Best Practices

 

The Center for Media & Social Impact has worked with journalists to develop this “Set of Principles for fair use for journalism.”  The principles are a good way to start learning what your rights are in using copyrighted material.

 

 

Public Domain

 

“The Commons” at Flickr

 

Another good website for finding images in the public domain.  Be sure to double-check licensing information for each work you’re considering using.

 

Creative Commons

 

A website where you can both find images in the public domain and create your own copyright license that allows you to share with the general public with a selection of limitation.  Be sure to double-check licensing information for each work you’re considering using.

 

Wikimedia Commons

 

One place to look for images in the public domain.  Be sure to double-check licensing information for each work you are interested in using.