Copyright & Fair Use

This section of the project is constantly changing with shifting in copyright perceptions.

United States

There are four key factors that help decide whether use of copyrighted material constitutes fair use, he said: (1) the purpose of your use, (2) the nature of the work, (3) the amount you're using, and (4) the effect of your use on the market.
and there is a lot of conversation about copyright, ethics and fair use. Here is an interesting article from eSchool News Online entitled 'Fair Use' Threatens Media literacy. Please share your thoughts on the discussion board.
Watch this great video on copyright...

Information on copyright and fair use was taken from Disney (no, just kidding).
For more information regarding Copyright & Fair Use, go to:

* General Fair Use Info

  • Students may use portions of lawfully acquired copyrighted works in their academic multimedia projects, with proper credit and citations. They may retain them in personal portfolios as examples of their academic work.
  • Students and teachers must include on the opening screen of their programs and on any printed materials that their presentation has been prepared under fair use exemption of the U.S. Copyright Law and are restricted from further use.

Educators may claim fair use for their own productions providing these productions are:
  • For face-to-face curriculum-based instruction
  • Demonstrations of how to create multimedia productions
  • Presented at conferences (but you may not share copies of the actual production)
  • For remote instruction as long as the distribution signal is limited
  • Kept for only 2 years
  • Fair use ends when the multimedia creator loses control of his product's use, such as when it is accessed by others over the Internet.

Educators or students need not write for permission if their presentation falls within the specific multimedia fair use
guidelines; however, "educators and students are advised to note that if there is a possibility that their own educational
multimedia project incorporating copyrighted works under fair use could later result in broader dissemination, whether
or not as commercial product, it is strongly recommended that they take steps to obtain permissions during the
development process for all copyrighted portions rather than waiting until after completion of the project.

So What Can I Use?

*Copyright for Education

click here to view SmartCopy. This is a resource for copyright in education.

* Text

  • Up to 10% of a copyrighted work or 1000 words, whichever is less
  • Poems
  • Entire poem if less than 250 words
  • 250 words or less if longer poem
  • No more than 5 poems (or excerpts) of different poets, from an anthology
  • Only 3 poems (or excerpts) per poet

* Motion Media

  • Up to 10% of a copyrighted work or 3 minutes, whichever is less
  • Clip cannot be altered in any way

* Illustrations

  • A photograph or illustration may be used in its entirety
  • No more than 5 images of an artist's or photographer's work
  • When using a collection, no more than 10% or no more than 15 images, whichever is less
  • Photos cannot be rebroadcasted on the Internet (Ex: Podcasting)

* Music

  • Up to 10% of a copyrighted musical composition, but no more than 30 seconds
  • Up to 10% of a body of sound recording, but no more than 30 seconds
  • Any alterations cannot change the basic melody or the fundamental character of the work

* Internet

  • Internet resources often combine both copyrighted and public domain sites; therefore care should be used in downloading any sites for use in multimedia presentations.
  • Until further clarification, educators and students are advised to write for permission to use Internet resources and to be mindful of the copyright ramifications of including embedded additional links to that particular site.

* Numerical Data Sets

  • Up to 10% or 2500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less, from a copyrighted database or data table
  • A field entry is defined as a s



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