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- Association of University Presses Copyright & Permissions Resources
- Patricia Aufderheide and Peter Jaszi, Reclaiming Fair Use: How to Put Balance Back in Copyright (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2011).
- Susan M. Bielstein, Permissions, A Survival Guide: Blunt Talk about Art as Intellectual Property (Chicago: University of Chicago, 2006).
- Chicago Manual of Style, 17th ed. (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2017).
- Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Poetry
- Copyright Term and Public Domain in the United States
- William S. Strong, The Copyright Book: A Practical Guide, 5th ed. (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1999).
- United States Copyright Office
- The WATCH File: Writers, Artists, and Their Copyright Holders