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The Educator's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use
Transcript of The Educator's Guide to Copyright and Fair Use
Copyright and Fair Use
Copyright, Fair Use, and Ethics
What you need to know...
Quick Copyright Facts...
A work isn't protected by copyright until it is either written down or recorded. All tangible works are protected by copyright immediately after creation.
Any work created after 1977 is protected for the life of the author plus an additional 70 years.
Copyright infringement happens when someone uses or copies an author's work without getting the author's permission.
Giving the author credit by quoting or crediting the author of a copied work does not satisfy copyright requirements.
When in doubt about using or copying another author's work, get permission.
Educators can copy...
A single chapter from a book
No more than 2 pages or 10% (whichever is less) of a work containing pictures and text (such as a children's book)
A poem of 250 words or less or 250 words or less from a longer poem
A short story or article less than 2,500 words in length
No more than 1,000 words or 10% (whichever is less) of longer works
A single graph, chart, picture, drawing, or cartoon from a book, periodical, or newspaper
Educators CANNOT copy...
Multiple copies of a work to act as a substitute for purchasing books and magazines
The same work for more than one semester, class, or course
The same work more than nine times in a single semester
Workbook pages bought and intended to be used as student consumables
Starr, Linda. "Copyrights and Copying Wrongs." Education World25. N.p., 5 May 2010. Web. 18 June 2014.
Tech & Learning
"Copyright Fair Use and Guidelines for Teachers." Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers (n.d.): n. pag. Tech & Learning. Web. 20 June 2007.
School Video News
Britt, Barry S. "Copyright Issues When Using Music in Videos." School Video News. School Video News, n.d. Web. 20 June 2014.
Welcome to the Digital Age!
Have you or your students ever created a video or presentation that used music?
Was this video shown in a public setting or published online?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, copyright laws have been violated!
Protect yourself by knowing about the fair use of music in the classroom.
Music in Education
Some tips to help:
Music purchased at home cannot be used in presentations for school. Using it in presentations for school is not "fair use" and does not fit the purpose for purchasing the song.
Purchase a royalty free music library for students to use. This will give them music to use in their presentations and videos and will not be breaking copyright laws. (Make sure the license is specifically for use in a K-12 setting.)
Request permission! If the song you need is essential to the project, contact the copyright holder and as permission to use it in your project.
Not knowing that you're breaking copyright law does not protect you from possible infringement.
"Regardless of the possibility of “getting away with it,” it is our responsibility to teach students legal and ethical practices when using technology in this digital age. And, as students begin to create their own works, they will understand the importance of ownership, especially as they seek credit and payment for their own creations. If we fail to teach this now, then we have done them a disservice."
~ Barry S. Britt
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