I want to post my own content to my own Web site.

You can:

  • Post your own copy as long as you retain the copyright.
  • Post your own photographs as long as you have permission from any identifiable people.
  • Post video clips or podcasts that you have created as long as you have permission from any identifiable people, and have cited and cleared any indentifiable copyrighted material.
  • Include audio/video files of your own performance.
  • Specify how you would like your Web site used. For example: If you would like people to use information from your site for educational purposes (or for any purpose you specify), and don't want to be contacted each time,you might consider using aCreative Commons License.

You cannot:

  • Post anything to your Web site that violates copyright policy.


I want to add information from another Web page to my Web page.

You can:

  • Use content from another Web site as long as you cite the source and provide their link.

Your cannot

  • Post content from another Web site, without citing/providing their link (without specific Permission from the copyright holder to do so).

You must:

  • Remove any content or link that the copyright holder asks to be removed.

I want to use MP3s, Broadcasts, Commercial Audio or Video clips, etc. on my Web site

You must:

  • Secure permission from the copyright holder to do so. This can be especially tricky with noncommercial recordings. For example, if you record a concert, you must get the performers' permissions to post files to the WWW.

For assistance:

Alec McLane, Music Librarian/Director World Music Archives, amclane@wesleyan.edu, ext. 3899 (for questions about music permissions) 
Library Reference Desk reference@wesleyan.edu, ext. 3873

For more information:

The Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalitionhttp://www.arl.org/sparc/about/index.html "SPARC Introduces Author Rights"http://www.arl.org/sparc/author/letter_authorrights.html
UMUC Center for Intellectual Property http://www.umuc.edu/distance/odell/cip/cip.shtml
Creative Commons http://creativecommons.org/
Creative Commons search http://search.creativecommons.org/
Project Gutenberg http://www.gutenberg.org/
Sherpa, openining access to research http://www.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo.php 
A searchable database of publisher's copyright policies

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse http://www.chillingeffects.org/index.cgi"A joint project of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Harvard, Stanford, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, University of Maine, George Washington School of Law, and Santa Clara University School of Law clinics."