Copyright Crash Course Vilma N. Orduña EDTC 6340.62
What is copyright?“Copyright provides the creator of a work of art or literature, or a work that conveys information or ideas, the right to controlhow the work is used" (Fishman, 2008, p. 6). The purpose of copyright is to give aneconomic incentive to the author of a work to create new works.
The Teach Act Since 2002 the TEACH Act giveseducators a different set of rights to display documents or use copyrighted materials in the classroom.
The Teach Act Images, music, movies and any curriculum work can be use face toface in the classroom by an educator. There are no limits and no permission required.
The Teach Act -checklistMy institution is a nonprofit accredited educational institution or a governmental agencyIt has a policy on the use of copyrighted materialsIt provides accurate information to faculty, students and staff about copyrightIts systems will not interfere with technological controls within the materials I want to useThe materials I want to use are specifically for students in my classOnly those students will have access to the materialsThe materials will be provided at my direction during the relevant lessonThe materials are directly related and of material assistance to my teaching contentMy class is part of the regular offerings of my institutionI will include a notice that the materials are protected by copyrightI will use technology that reasonably limits the students ability to retain or further distribute the materialsI will make the materials available to the students only for a period of time that is relevant to the context of a class sessionI will store the materials on a secure server and transmit them only as permitted by this lawI will not make any copies other than the one I need to make the transmissionThe materials are of the proper type and amount the law authorizes:•Entire performances of nondramatic literary and musical works•Reasonable and limited parts of a dramatic literary, musical, or audiovisual works•Displays of other works, such as images, in amounts similar to typical displays in face-to-face teachingThe materials are not among those the law specifically excludes from its coverage:•Materials specifically marketed for classroom use for digital distance education•Copies I know or should know are illegal•Textbooks, coursepacks, electronic reserves and similar materials typically purchased individually by thestudents for independent review outside the classroom or class sessionIf I am using an analog original, I checked before digitizing it to be sure:•I copied only the amount that I am authorized to transmit•There is no digital copy of the work available except with technological protections that prevent my using it for theclass in the way the statute authorizes
What is Fair Use? Fair use is the most important limitation on the copyright holders exclusive rights Four factors to take in consideration:1. The purpose and character of the use2. The nature of the copyrighted work3. The amount and substantiality of the portion used4. The effect of use on the potential market for the copyrighted work
When is Permission Required?When you intend to use the materials for commercialpurposes.When you want to use the materials repeatedly.When you want to use a work in its entirety, especiallywhen it is longer than 2,500 words (U.S. CopyrightOffice, 2009, p. 7).
ReferencesHARPER, GEORGIA K. "Copyright Crash Course."Http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/. The University Libraries. Web. Sept.-Oct. 2011. <http://copyright.lib.utexas.edu/index.html>.