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· Fair use does not permit use of copyrighted materials for classroom use, without restriction.
· In deciding if Fair Use applies, consider the following characteristics (The majority must weigh
toward Fair Use, not just one):
Purpose and character of the use of copyrighted material (used for non-profit educational use
or to create something new, such as parody),
Nature of the copyrighted work (creative works more stringently protected than non-fiction),
Amount of work copied (cannot be the "heart" of the work),
Effect upon lost income for the copyright holder
· Acknowledging the source material is not a substitution for getting permission.
· Most permissions are granted for only one semester or one school term.
· Educational guidelines about the amount of materials that can be copied, etc., have been carved
out by a consortium of educational institutions across the United States. They are not part of
federal law, but they are included as House committee documentation supporting the copyright law.
The American Association of University Professors has declined to endorse them.
Sample Guideline: Materials protected by Fair Use may be used for only one semester or one school
term. Using the same material semester after semester without permission is not Fair Use.
Sample Guideline: Videos taped off-air at home may be used for instructional purposes only up to 10
days after the broadcast. The tape should be erased 45 days after the broadcast.
Here are links to some web sites than can provide more information:
Know your Copy Rights -- What You Can Do : A 2007
Brochure Aimed at Faculty and Teaching
Copyright Term and the Public Domain in the United States
: A guide to the kinds of work protected by
What AU Faculty Need to Know about Copyright for Teaching:
A quick guide, in question-and-answer
Academic Permission Resources: One section of a
very readable and comprehensive site called "Fair
Course: A comprehensive tutorial (lots of legalese
included) from the University of
TEACH Act Toolkit: An Online Resource for
Understanding Copyright and Distance Education:
Copyright Law of the United States: Text of the
actual law from the website of the U.S. Copyright
10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained: The name says it all. Written by Brad Templeton.
Technology and copyright law : a guidebook for the library,
research, and teaching
Call Number: KF3030.1 .B533 2007.
Crews, Kenneth D.
Copyright law for librarians and educators : creative strategies
and practical solutions.
Call Number: Ref KF2995 .C74 2005.
Lindsey, Mark. Copyright Law on Campus. Pullman: WSU Press, 2003.
Call Number: KF3030.1 .L56 2003.
Copyright law and the distance education classroom.
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press,
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