The following list of resources provides information regarding copyright, fair use, and public domain laws. Please keep in mind that laws change quickly and that "legal information is not legal advice."
This is the official website for the United States Copyright Office. The site provides a wide variety of information related to copyright laws, access to online systems to research copyright records, registering a copyright, and resources for instructors and students to better understand fair use in education.
This comprehensive copyright and public domain resources is written using everyday language. The resource provides a variety of information on when a creation enters the public domain. The resource includes a public domain calculator/diagram and copyright information regarding books, maps, photos, sheet music, and soundrecordings.
This resource, by Center for Media and Social Impact, provides a copyright and fair use "code of best practices" for media artists, film makers, students, and instructors who are interested in making online videos.
This is a comprehensive resource to help visual artists understand copyright and fair use laws. Topics include information regarding making art, using online museum resources, and teaching art and history.