Please watch the YouTube Copyright School video below for a fun and quick overview of the world of copyright!
In European Union countries, the Commission website has some helpful information and links: http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/eyouguide/navigation/index_en.htm.
WIPO has a list of Intellectual Property and Copyright Offices internationally, you can find the one applicable for your country here: http://www.wipo.int/directory/en/urls.jsp
See http://www.copyright.gov/circs/circ1.pdf for more information about U.S. copyright law.
For more information on US copyright law and fair use, check out the following materials.
The School of Communication American University Center for Social Media has a helpful Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Scholarly Research in Communication you may wish to visit.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation provides a database of copyright laws around the world at http://copyright-watch.org.
Take the mystery out of copyright on the Library of Congress site: http://www.loc.gov/teachers/copyrightmystery
You can also visit the Glossary of YouTube terms we've compiled!