• 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.

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