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Copyright: Teaching with Copyrighted Works

Books and Monographs

Employing copyrighted material in preparing curriculum materials

Teachers use copyrighted materials in the creation of curricula in order to apply the principles of media literacy education and use digital technologies effectively in an educational context. These materials often include clips, copies or examples of copyrighted work along with a description of instructional practices, assignments, and assessment criteria. These materials may include samples of contemporary mass media and popular culture as well as older media texts that provide historical or cultural context.

PRINCIPLE: Under fair use, educators using the concepts and techniques of media literacy can integrate copyrighted material into curriculum materials, including books, workbooks, podcasts, DVD compilations, videos, Web sites, and other materials designed for learning. 

LIMITATIONS: Wherever possible, educators should provide attribution for quoted material, and of course they should use only what is necessary for the educational goal or purpose. The materials should meet professional standards for curriculum development, with clearly stated educational objectives, a description of instructional practices, assignments, and assessment criteria.

 

Recommendations

  • Link to full-text, where available
  • Copy 10% or 1,000 words

What You May Do

  • Provide multiple hard copies to students for classroom use
  • Place essential resources on the library's course reserves
  • Link to library resources
  • Request that the library purchase items

Notes

  • Avoid posting scanned copies, either on or outside D2L or Engage
  • Rotate and update assignment materials regularly
  • Alternatives include buying the book or licensing the eBook

Articles

Recommendations

  • Link to full text through the Library.
  • Copy 10% or 1,000 words.

What You May Do

  • Link from D2L to Library-licensed databases.
  • Place hard copies on reserve in Library.
  • Supply a copy of article to the Library to place on e-reserve

Notes

  • Avoid posting scanned items in D2L

Audio

Recommendations

  • Link to or stream online audio when available.
  • Limit replication of song lyrics, sheet music, music and video to 10% or 30 seconds.

What You May Do

  • Play audio in class
  • Play online audio segments
  • Place resources on Reserve at the Library

Notes

  • Purchase audio

Video

Recommendations

  • Link to streaming online video where possible.
  • Use 3 minutes or 10% of total work, whichever is less.

What You May Do

  • Show video in class-when related to curriculum.
  • Place DVDs on Reserve at the Library.
  • Show online video segments related to curriculum.

Notes

  • Non-curricular use requires performance license.
  • Rent or buy the video.

Images

Recommendations

  • Five copies of images.
  • 10% or 15 total images from a published image collection.

What You May Do

  • Include link to online version of material.
  • Post copies of copyrighted material in limited portions for limited duration.
  • Use images that are not copyrighted

Notes

  • Use copyright free images

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Using D2L and Engage

Recommendations

  • Use links to online material.
  • Make resources available to online students for the semester only.
  • Do not remove copyright notices.
  • Do not use the same work repeatedly.

What You May Do

  • Include online links to material.
  • Link to the Library database copy.
  • Post copies of copyrighted material in limited portions for a limited duration.
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