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  • 1. Amy Smyers Wilkes University June 11, 2011 Copyright in the Classroom
  • 2. What is Copyright?
    • Exclusive right to make copies, license, and otherwise exploit a literary, musical, or artistic work, whether printed, audio, video, etc.
      • Works must be tangible
      • Works must be creative
    Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mikeblogs/3020135683/ http://www.education-world.com/a_curr/curr280a.shtml
  • 3. Categories of Copyright Protection
    • Literary Works
    • Musical Works
    • Dramatic Works
    • Pantomimed and Choreographed Works
    • Pictorial, Graphic and Sculptural Works
    • Motion Pictures and Audiovisual Works
    • Sound Recordings
    http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/photos_by_chrystal/2809604871/
  • 4. Can You Use Copyrighted Material?
    • Copyrighted works can be used or copied under a few conditions:
      • Public Domain
      • Permission
      • Legal Exception
      • Fair Use
    http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/breakfastcore/269400995/
  • 5. What is Fair Use?
    • Allows copyrighted works to be used explicitly for educational purposes
    • Four standards to determine if fair use applies
      • Purpose of Use
      • Nature of Work
      • Proportion/Extent of Material Used
      • Effect on Marketability
    http://home.earthlink.net/~cnew/research.htm. Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/katrinasagemuller/3751402009/
  • 6. The TEACH Act
    • The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act
    • Signed into law on November 2, 2002
    • TEACH updated copyright law when referring to the area of digital distance education
    • Allows the use of copyrighted works in digital distance education without having to have prior permission
    http://www.utsystem.edu/OGC/IntellectualProperty/teachact.htm. Image from: http://www.flickr.com/photos/31092106@N02/3750223348/
  • 7. Limitations of TEACH and Fair Use
    • Still necessary to appropriately cite all sources of information
      • Not citing sources is considered to be plagiarism
    • TEACH Act and Fair Use do not allow teachers to us all copyrighted works
      • Ignorance of copyright law is not a defense
      • Many school districts will not defend you if copyright laws are broken
  • 8. Further Reading
    • Classroom Copyright Chart
      • http://halldavidson.net/chartshort.html
    • The United States Copyright Office
      • http://www.copyright.gov/fls/fl102.html
    • More Information Concerning the TEACH Act
      • http://www.utsystem.edu/OGC/IntellectualProperty/teachact.htm