A professor hands out copies of a newspaper article to read and discuss in class.
Is this a violation of copyright or acceptable under the fair use doctrine? Does including
a notice of copyright with each copy change anything?
If students film a parody of a copyrighted movie, is this considered fair use?
A faculty member scans an out of print book and uploads each chapter as a .PDF into
their Cougar Course. Fair use or not?
Can you legally download a chapter of an e-book with a Creative Commons license, edit
that chapter and post it in your course?
If you're not sure of the answers to these questions, it's time to become better acquainted
with the current state of copyright, and the fair use exceptions.
The resources below are offered as guidance, but judicial interpretation of copyright
law continues to evolve with each court case, so stay informed.
Copyright Basics - a circular providing the basic facts from the U.S. Copyright office
Fair Use: Codes of Best Practice - Center for Media and Social Impact, American University - 11 different documents
that allow scholars to interpret the copyright doctrine of fair use as it applies
to specific media and situations.
You should also understand the purpose of Creative Commons licensing and the range
of licenses, each of which grants different usage rights.
How can I use the open educational resources I find on the CALM site or elsewhere?
How do you let people know that you want them to reuse your own work? Creative Commons
licences hold the answer to these questions. This short video will show you how.