Important information for teachers
Fair Use Guidelines
Fair use is a doctrine that permits educators and students to use copyrighted work in a fair and responsible manner. All of the four factors of fair use must be met in order to use a copyrighted work. The four factors of fair use tell us whether or not we can use a work:
- Purpose and Character of Use: The purpose should be educational or non-profit.
- Nature of the Copyrighted Work: The work is factual and is unpublished.
- Amount of Work to be Used: Using a small amount of the work and not all of it (e.g. a paragraph from a book, an excerpt from a poem, thirty seconds of a song)
- Effect of use on the Market/Value of the Work: Using the work does not deprive the creator or entity holding the copyright of any sales/does not affect profit.
Some good articles for information about copyright.
Teachers Should Know Copyright from Wrong
Copyright Laws for Teachers This is a great PDF summary of the laws pertaining to copyright.
Copyright for teachers. More information about copyright and teaching.
Some FAQ's about Copyright