Center for the Advancement of Innovative Teaching

Copyright Law

Laws governing the reasonable use of copyrighted published work in the classroom are designed to protect the owners of such material, and are complex and sometimes open to differing interpretation.  Faculty who wish to properly and legally distribute copyrighted materials, or who are asking staff to copy protected matter for such distribution, should understand the fair-use basics, set forth in a document you can download from the longer link below.

Here is its opening:  In your teaching, you probably confront questions about how to share legitimately with your students articles, video, music, images, and other intellectual property created by others.  Sorting out what you can or can’t do is often confusing. Lack of clear-cut answers may translate into delays, doubts, fear of liability, and decisions to err on the side of caution and non-use. But frequently you do not need to get permission or pay a fee. Use rights may have been licensed by your library or reserved under law.  This brochure offers you some tips on when works can be used lawfully in your teaching without requesting permission or incurring additional cost.

Know Your Copy Rights Source:  Association of Research Libraries.

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Know Your Copyrights.