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Copyright - basics: Intro

Copyright and Fair Use in the Classroom

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 fair use guidelines. If you believe, after you review these pages, that your proposed use does not comply with fair use guidelines, you always have the option to ask for permission from the copyright holder.

Below are some guidelines to use to make informed decisions before using materials, in the classroom, for course reserves, or the WWW. The document is based on the University of Texas' Copyright Crash Course but is much shorter, and confines itself to the essence of various everyday issues faced by faculty, staff and students facing everyday copyright issues.

The pages include an introduction to copyright; a summary of fair use, fair use guidelines of educational multimedia, and a sample letter to request permission to use copyrighted materials.

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