Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom, on the Internet, and the World Wide Web
The copyright protections that we normally associate with print also govern the use of audio, video, images, and text on the Internet and the World Wide Web (www). The intuitive interface of the www makes it easy for the computer user to copy and use images, text, video and other graphics that are likely to be protected by copyright. A document may be copyrighted even if it does not explicitly state that it is copyrighted. As a result, it is a good idea to assume materials such as documents, images, or video clips are copyrighted. Educators can avoid copyright violations and legally use copyrighted materials if they understand and comply with the fair use guidelines. If you believe, after you review this document, that your proposed use does not comply with fair use guidelines, you always have the option to ask for permission from the copyright holder.
This document's purpose is to help faculty, students and staff make informed decisions before using materials in the classroom, for course reserves, or the Internet or World Wide Web. This document provides:
1. An introduction to copyright.
2. An introduction to fair use.
3. Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia, a review of guidelines designed to help faculty, staff, or students comply with fair use guidelines when using images, computer programs, or other materials obtained via the Internet or www.
4. A sample letter to use to request permission to use copyrighted materials.