Eme5207 fair use and copyrightPresentation Transcript
Copyright: Fair Use and Creative Commons
What is Fair Use?
Fair use is an important principle of Copyright law that outlines how to use copyrighted materials without permission or payment to the creator.
Copyrighted materials is anything someone else has created including images, animations, videos, pictures, articles, books, etc.
Education Fair Use
Educators often use copyrighted materials within their classroom to teach their students and enhance learning.
The Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Media Literacy Education sought to guide teachers and their students on applying fair use for media literacy education.
The code highlights five ways educators use copyrighted material in their classroom:
The use of television news, movies, still images, newspaper and magazine articles, and websites as learning tools within their classrooms.
Preparing curriculum materials.
Sharing media literacy curriculum materials
Student use in their own creative work
Developing audiences for student work
Thus, educators must understand Fair Use in order to effectively follow Copyright Law.
Fair Use for Media Literacy Education
The following video highlights how educators need to apply Fair Use when using copyright materials in their classroom.
Most importantly, the Code of Best Practices advises educators to be careful choosing the copyrighted material used in their classroom without living in fear of repercussions from the law.
In response to confusing copyright laws and the desire to build culture through the sharing of creative work, Creative Commons came together.
Creative Commons is a nonprofit organization that provides licenses and other legal tools, working to make it safer and easier for people to share and build upon the creative work of others who are willing to give access to their materials.
There are four main types of licenses CC works through: attribution, share alike, non-commercial, and no derivative works.
Choosing the attribution license allows others to copy, distribute, and display your copyrighted work only if they give credit the way you request.
For example, if I want to use the picture below from Flickr, the owner has an attribution CC license which allows me to use it as long as I give credit to the creator.
**Photo by Matt Mcgee
Share alike allows others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the one that governs your work.
For example, if I wanted to alter the photo from Flickr below which has a CC license for attribution and share alike, I can only distibute the altered work under the same CC license.
**Photo by Lincolnian
The non-commercial license allows others to use your work and derivatives works based upon it, but only for non-commercial use which means not for profit.
For example, the photo below has a CC non-commercial license thus I am able to use the photo how I want to as long as I don’t sell or trade it for profit.
**Photo by Angela D.
No Derivative Works
No derivative works allows other to only use verbatim copies of your works not derivative works based upon it.
For example, the photo below has a no derivative works license which means I cannot create a work solely based on this photo.
**Photo by Timothy Hamilton
As educators, it is our responsibility to understand copyright law in order to use media such as videos, articles, etc. legally within our classrooms.
Fair use provides guidelines that help educators decide whether to use a certain media is legal. On the other hand, Creative Commons provides licenses that enable people to creatively share their work as much as the creator allows.