Copyright for Educators

Copyright Laws were developed to protect the financial interest of  the creators, producers, and distributors of original works of information and art.   Fair Use Guidelines set the conditions under which original works can be used for educational purposes. Using these guidelines will continue to encourage these professionals to continue to create great works.

Fair Use Guidelines

Is the purpose and character of the use  for nonprofit educational purposes or for commercial purposes? Use of the copy protected materials should be for educational purposes only.
What is the nature of the copyrighted work? Was the work created for public or private showing. A showing in a classroom is considered a public showing. 
How much of the original copy protected work will be used?  There are specific guidelines for the quantity of the material used. An educator may use one illustration per book or periodical, 250 words from a poem and  10 percent of a prose work up to 1,000 words. In addition, an educator may make a single copy of a chapter from a book; an article from a periodical or newspaper, a short story, short essay, or short poem.  Not more than two excerpts or one short poem, article, story or essay may be copied from the same author.
Does using this copy protected material have an impact on the potential market for the original material? The use of this material should not avoid the authorÕs economic fair share. Copying should never substitute for purchasing the original material.

Copyright Links

The Copyright Website
Copyright FAQs
10 Big Myths About Copyright Explained
SUL: Copyright & Fair Use
U.S. Copyright Office
Lawgirl's Copyright Basics

Copyright for Educators was created 
by Bill Sarazen forCAE 504 
Nova Southeastern University
This site was created as a class project. The author is not responsible for actions resulting from the use of this information.

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