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Fair Use and Copyright for Educators

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 Educator Use of Copyright Material!


How can we use music and video clip to teach?



Educators have a great deal of flexibility on using copyrighted material. Here is a brief summary:


Fair use explicitly allows use of copyrighted materials for educational purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Rather than listing exact limits of fair use, copyright law provides four standards for determination of the fair use exemption:


1 - Purpose of use: Copying and using selected parts of copyrighted works for specific educational purposes qualifies as fair use, especially if the copies are made spontaneously, are used temporarily, and are not part of an anthology.

2 - Nature of the work: For copying paragraphs from a copyrighted source, fair use easily applies. For copying a chapter, fair use may be questionable.

3 - Proportion/extent of the material used: Duplicating excerpts that are short in relation to the entire copyrighted work or segments that do not reflect the "essence" of the work is usually considered fair use.

4 -The effect on marketability: If there will be no reduction in sales because of copying or distribution, the fair use exemption is likely to apply.




A visit to copyright Bay www.stfrancis.edu/cid/copyrightbay/


The Fair Use Guidelines for Educational Multimedia

provide for specific limits

on the amount of

copyrighted works

that may be used.

  • For motion media -(e.g., video clips) up to 10% or 3 minutes, whichever is less.
  • For text- up to 10% or 1000 words, whichever less.
  • For poems -
    • up to 250 words.
    • Three poem limit per poet
    • Five poem limit by different poets from an anthology.
  • For music - up to 10% or 30 seconds, whichever is less.
  • For photos and images
    • Up to 5 works from one author.
    • Up to 10% or 15 works, whichever is less, from a collection.
  • Database information-- up to 10% or 2,500 fields or cell entries, whichever is less.



Link to Copyright explanation and resources  http://www.halldavidson.net/downloads.html#anchor923173

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