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Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines: Teaching and Copyright

For Teachers and Students

Campus Guide to Copyright Compliance

Classroom Copyright ChartCopyright & Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers from Hall Davidson

Copyright Basics: The TEACH Act
The TEACH Act facilitates and enables the performance and display of copyrighted materials for distance education.

Teaching Copyright

The Teaching Copyright curriculum is a detailed, customizable learning plan to help educators raise interesting questions about copyright, technology, and law, such as:

  • What is legal online?
  • How is creativity being enabled by new technologies?
  • What digital rights and responsibilities exist already, and what roles do we play as users of digital technology?

Copyright and Fair Use Checklist
Educational Multimedia Guidelines Tip Sheet
Guidance for the use, without permission, of portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted works for student multimedia productions. Examples include text, motion media, illustrations, music, Internet, numerical data sets, copying and distribution limitations and more.

Permission to Use Copyrighted Resources Tip Sheet                     ( INFOhio's Research Project Calculator )

Copyright for the Classroom

Copyright for Classroom Use

Copying of copyrighted materials for student learning and research use without written permission may occur in the following instances:

Single copying for teachers Single copies may be made of any of the following by or for teachers at their individual request for scholarly research or use in teaching or preparation to teach a class:

  • One chapter from a book;
  • An article from a periodical, journal, or newspaper;
  • A short story, short essay, or short poem, whether or not from a collective work;
  • A chart, graph, diagram, drawing, cartoon, or picture from a book,periodical, or newspaper.

Multiple copies for student learning useMultiple copies (not to exceed more than one copy per student in a course) may be made by or for the teacher giving the course for student learning use or discussion; provided that the following three criteria are met:

  • The copying meets the tests of brevity and spontaneity (as defined below).
  • The copying meets the cumulative effect test (as defined below).
  • Each copy includes a notice of copyright. An example is "this material may be protected by Copyright law (title 17, US Code)."

Definitions:                                                         

Brevity: Either a complete article, story or essay of less than 2,500 words, (usually varies 3-8 pages depending on size of page and type) or an excerpt from any prose work of not more than 1,000 words or 10 percent of the work, whichever is greater.

Spontaneity: The copying is at the instance and inspiration of the individual teacher, and the inspiration and decision to use the work.The moment of its use for maximum teaching effectiveness are so close in time that it would be unreasonable to expect a timely reply to a request for permission.

Cumulative effect: Copying of the material is for only one course in the school in which the copies are made.Reproduction of Copyrighted Works

OER : Open Eduational Resources