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The Educational use provisions of U.S. copyright laws grant students and teachers wide latitude when it comes to selecting materials for use in papers, lectures, postings and other assignments.
Educational use does not grant blanket permission, and unfortunately the law is not necessarily very clear either. Do not throw up your hands in disgust or frustration. Here are some guidelines to help you to make your copyright decisions.
The following video (3:22) gives a good summary of copyright and fair use and how they affect you.
Copyright is murky, but there is some guidance and flexbilility. The Copyright Law contains a provision called Fair Use (Section 107). The Fair Use factors assist you in determining what is allowed.
The Fair Use factors must be considered together; no single factor trumps the other.
If you need to post something to Moodle for one of your courses, here are some guidelines to follow:
If you need to post to your Moodle page it is OK to provide a link to an article in one of the library's databases. Our licenses permit linking.
Here are some examples of what you can do:
Content from the library's books or from your own personal copies can be used, but should not exceed 10% of the total work.
Use with attribution. What is Creative Commons?
Use with attribution. What is the Public Domain?
Use with attribution.
Use with attribution.
These are examples of things you may not be able to use.
The permitted use of films, videos, and music is more restrictive than other material formats.
It depends on whether you are using them in a physical classroom or a virtual classroom.
A legitimate copy of a film, video or sound recording with performance rights can be shown or played in a face-to-face environment: a classroom or other school space designated for instruction by the instructor or guest instructor.
Permissions to use media in a virtual classroom come from adherence to The TEACH Act (Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act) of 2002. The instructor and institution using/displaying a video and film in distance education or a virtual classroom can only use a reasonable and limited showing of portions of the film/video in a "live" or synchronous class.
The TEACH Act also requires the institution to develop/make public a copyright policy. Augsburg has not yet put this in place.For more on The TEACH Act, check out these links:
Here's how you can use video and film in the virtual classroom.
If the resource you want to use is not owned by the library or does not pass muster for Fair Use, obtaining permission from the copyright holder is an option. If you decide to obtain permission and there is a cost involved, the cost is the responsibility of the department, not the library.
You can obtain permission by contacting the copyright holder or going through the Copyright Clearance Center.