Copyright Laws and Educational Fair Use What are we allowed to photocopy, download, distribute, or play?
Have you ever wondered: What resources are teachers legally allowed to use for instructional purposes without infringing on copyright laws? http:// www.istockphoto.com/stock-photo-6426216-students-in-a-classroom.php
What if I wanted to use this photograph in my classroom?
When this magnificent photograph was taken it was immediately protected by copyright law, but the photographer wanted others to be able to use his photo as long as he was credited, so he uploaded it to Flickr and obtained a Creative Commons license, allowing me to share it with you today as part of this presentation…without the risk of paying a fine of up to $150,000 (plus damages and attorney fees!)
As we teach 21 st century skills, media literacy becomes as important as the ability to read and write.
Media literacy is the capacity to access, analyze, evaluate, and communicate in a wide variety of forms.
Media literacy education promotes heightened consciousness of media’s role in personal and social life, strengthens skills of critical analysis, and develops people’s ability to use language, print, sound, visual and digital media for self-expression, communication and citizenship.
The purpose of the use is educational and non-profit – you are using someone else’s work to educate individuals and are not selling it to gain a profit
The nature of the copyrighted work
Copyrighted material must be a non-critical excerpt
You are not impairing the marketability of the work
Does that mean I can copy the entire book, pass it out to my students, and not purchase it?
The following examples are not protected under the Fair Use policy:
Copying and using the same work repeatedly semester after semester and year after year
Making extensive amounts of copies instead of purchasing the workbooks or textbooks
Using materials for commercial use
Five principles for the use of copyrighted materials and media literacy to which the doctrine of fair use apply
These principles apply to all forms of media (print, images, Web sites, moving-image media, and sound media, among others)
The principles apply in institutional settings and non-school based programs
Principle 1: Employing Copyrighted Material in Media Literacy Lessons
Educators can use televised news, advertising, films, photographs, newspaper and magazine articles, Web sites, video games, and other copyrighted materials to engage learners in critical thinking, conceptual understanding and communication.
Educators should always provide attribution and cite the creators of the copyrighted materials.
Principle 2: Employing Copyrighted Material in Preparing Curriculum Materials
Under Fair Use teachers can integrate copyrighted materials into the curriculum such as books, workbooks, podcasts, DVDs, videos, and Web sites.
Teachers should always provide attribution and the material being used should meet the standards for curriculum development (instructional objectives, learning goals)
Principle 3: Sharing Media Literacy Curriculum Materials
Informal sharing of materials through professional development, electronic mail and team planning sessions is allowed
Be careful to only use what is necessary when planning the curriculum (a small portion rather than the entire work)
Principle 4: Student Use of Copyrighted Materials in their Own Academic and Creative Work
Students strengthen media literacy skills by using images, sounds, and digital media to express themselves
Teachers should encourage students to incorporate, modify, and re-present existing forms of media in their own work as long as this does not inhibit their own creativity
Principle 5: Developing Audiences for Student Work
If students work incorporates, modifies, and re-presents existing media content it can be distributed to wide audiences under the Fair Use doctrine
What if I create something and want others to use it?
Visit the Creative Commons link on the Glog to find out how you can share your own creations with others