Yesterday I tweeted that I had finally created a list of standard copyright statements for the repository, and why I was excited about it. I’ve had a couple of people ask to see the statements, so I figured I might as well throw them on the blog while I’m looking for a more permanent home for them in our public documentation. The statements are below the fold.

First, some context: We have a lot of content in our repository, and it runs the gamut. Published articles and preprints, gray literature, digitized library collections, audio and video, etc. The items get submitted by a variety of folks at the Libraries and around the university, and so maintaining our high metadata standards has always been a challenge. One place where we haven’t always been great is in providing copyright information. I have strong feelings about the copyright information libraries provide to their users, so it’s embarrassing that I haven’t done a better job of making it happen in my own backyard.

To remedy this, with the help of my colleagues in Digital Content Services and the Copyright Resources Center, I created a list of standard copyright statements that we can use with different types of content. I’m especially happy with these statements because they are informative – not only about the copyright status of the item(s) in question, but also about things like Fair Use and the Public Domain. Hopefully we will get around to applying them retrospectively to the content in the KB, but for now at least we will have something to draw on when we submit new content. I’m sharing it here because I know this is an area where a lot of Libraries struggle, and I hope other people will find them useful. Feel free to copy them, modify them, build on them as you like.

Each statement is labeled with the type of content it is intended to accompany.

Copyright protected, author owns copyright:

The author retains copyright ownership of this item, which is made available for research and educational purposes. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce the object beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the author.

Copyright protected, owner not specified:

This object is protected by copyright, and is made available here for research and educational purposes. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce the object beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the copyright holder.

Uncertain about copyright status, or mixed collections:

This item may be protected by copyright, and is made available here for research and educational purposes. The user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status. If copyright protection applies, permission must be obtained from the copyright holder to reuse, publish, or reproduce the object beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to the law.

For copyrighted (or potentially copyrighted) content that we are making available under fair use:

This object may be copyright-protected, and is reproduced here under the Fair Use provision of copyright law for research and educational purposes. Permission to reuse, publish, or reproduce the object beyond the bounds of Fair Use or other exemptions to copyright law must be obtained from the copyright holder.

For public domain content:

The Ohio State University Libraries believes this object to be in the Public Domain, and is not aware of any copyright restrictions on its use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing.