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Background Information

When is it permissible, appropriate, legal, ethical, and/or OK to use material someone else created? Does it matter how much, what part, or where content is used in the classroom? Are teacher more special than the general public? OR PERHAPS it only matters if (shhhh) no one else knows or finds out?

Copyright law is huge. There are lawyers who specialize in it. They do nothing else. Corporations hire lawyers to work only on copyright issues. We will never be able to cover the entire topic in class. But, we will try to get you the basics so you can make ethical and appropriate decisions in your classrooms.

You should start your copyright journey by taking this QUIZ


The Big 4

4 things to remember to be reasonably safe when using material in your classroom
  1. have a specific educational purpose for using the material
  2. have the teacher present
  3. don't share the material outside your classroom
  4. when in doubt, use only 10%

Web (Internet) Links

U.S. Copyright Office

Tech Learning's guide to copyright for education

Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web
From University of Maryland University College

Reproduction of Copyrighted Works by Educators and Librarians (Circular 21)
ie. the 23 page explanation of your legal can and can nots.

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright and Fair Use (from Education WorldOctober 2000; updated 2004)
ie. an easy to use guide for the Elementary Teacher

Copyright in the K-12 Classroom
From Keystone Central School District

Copyright Chart from the California Student Media Festival

A copyright hunt for Elementary students and their teachers
WARNING... a lot of outdated links. (11/22/07)

Summary of Copyright for education
From: Copyright in the Classroom: A Workshop for Educators By Karen Work Richardson

Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia

Copyright Society of the U.S.A.

Cyberethics for Kids

Copyright Kids

More Copyright links (from Kurt's page)

Copyright questions and answers about iTunes, Podcasts, and Fair Use

Public Performace Copyright Permission

Swank Motion Pictures, Inc
An annual Movie Public Performance Copyright Compliance Site License is a 12 month license that starts on the day you specify. The license allows anyone on campus such as teachers, after-school programs and parents groups to show as many movies as they see fit throughout the year.
Copyright 2008, by the Contributing Authors. Cite/attribute Resource . Johnson, K., admin. (2008, September 17). Copyright. Retrieved January 07, 2011, from Free Online Course Materials — USU OpenCourseWare Web site: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons License Creative Commons License
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