Understanding Fair Use

Contrary to popular belief, education purposes do not guarantee permission to copy or distribute work.

Fair use includes:

· face to face teaching

· Using the work for evaluation, news reporting, commentary and parody is allowed, depending on the amount of the work being used.


It is illegal to:

· Make multiple copies of someone else’s work without their permission

· Create and store a digital image of someone else’s work and share it

· Adapt someone else’s work in a way that does not substantially change the meaning/effect and call it your own

· Include recorded sound in a public presentation

· Include professional photographs that are not specifically identifiable as being free to use

· Use images or other people’s work in newsletters, PPT type presentations or other publications that are made publicly or for profit.

· Creating a digital copy of a textbook page and making it available online

· Photocopying non reproducible textbooks/workbooks and distributing to students and/or other staff members

· Publishing students presentations that use images, sound or text that is protected

· Playing professionally recorded music in public gatherings

· Showing movies to a group of students or parents without a specific license to do so

Legal Alternatives:

· Utilizing images, texts and sounds in the public domain

· Allowing students to use copyright protected work in their presentation only if they or you are never going to publish it or otherwise share it outside of your classroom

· Provide a link to the original content

· Obtain parent permission

· Follow legal guidelines for showing movies in school

· Post legally used worksheets in BrainHoney

· Creative Commons - Creators share their work under certain conditions and uses.