Copyright for Schools
A Practical Guide, 6th Edition
by Carol Simpson and Sara E. Wolf
January 2021, 373pp, 8 1/2 x 11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-4408-6483-4
$70, £54, 61€, A96
Please contact your preferred distributor for pricing.
eBook Available: 978-1-4408-6484-1
Please contact your preferred eBook vendor for pricing.

This newly updated edition explains copyright law as it applies to education.

Copyright for Schools makes legal concepts related to U.S. copyright law understandable to educators. A staple on reference shelves, it has now been updated with new court rulings and technology applications.

This updated edition of Copyright for Schools explains U.S. copyright law as it applies to education settings clearly and concisely for teachers and school librarians.

Topics new to this edition include copyright implications related to the use of such streaming services as Netflix™ and Pandora™, links to online tools that teachers can use to assist them in making their own daily decisions regarding the use of copyrighted materials, and implications relating to the use of anonymous internet publishing tools such as Snapchat™ and use of Cloud-based sharing. Other new topics include issues related to disability, how to appropriately respond to cease and desist letters and other legal inquiries, implications of the Music Modernization Act, and expanded discussion of open resources such as Creative Commons licenses.

This edition also adds a concordance in a “Scope and Sequence” table format, so all information related to U.S. copyright knowledge is accessible no matter where it resides within the text, and provides links to online tools and resources that can be used to guide users of copyrighted materials in making decisions about how to use them. Still included are the real-world applications and the Q&A sidebars from prior editions.


  • Concordance linking copyright concepts to concepts featured elsewhere in the text
  • Revised and expanded lists of free and licensed materials for use in teaching and learning
  • New chapter discussing issues related to disability
  • New chapter discussing appropriate responses to cease and desist letters and other legal inquiries
  • Links to online tools and resources that can be used to guide users of copyrighted materials in making decisions about how to use them
Carol Simpson is a practicing attorney, retired associate professor of library and information science, and former school librarian, teacher, and district library administrator. She is author of Copyright Catechism I and II, Copyright for Administrators, and Ethics in School Librarianship, as well as editor of Library Media Connection and its predecessors.

Sara E. Wolf is an associate professor at Auburn University. Wolf became interested in copyright more than 25 years ago, and her interest has grown to include speaking, teaching, and institutional policy development activities.


"Thorough, well-researched and supported by extensive citations to the law."—Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship, December 31, 2021

"There is no area in library science more fraught with swirling change than that of copyright. For decades, Carol Simpson has been the leading authority on issues of copyright and fair use as it applies to the use of information, and her latest work provides crucial updates for librarians in all types of libraries. The extremely detailed table of contents makes the use of this book straightforward, so that needed answers can be found easily. It will be on every librarian’s go-to and must-have lists. Congratulations to the authors for a much-needed expert update on this topic!"—Gail K. Dickinson, Professor, Old Dominion University

"Copyright for Schools has always been my go-to resource when questions come up about copyright. The new edition is full of scenarios, examples, and resources! Simpson and Wolf take the complex topic and break it down to help educators understand their rights and responsibilities. Every school library needs to have this book on their professional shelves to help all educators navigate the world of copyright!" — Carl A. Harvey, II, Assistant Professor of School Librarianship, Longwood University, Farmville, VA
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
Accept All Cookies | Decline.