Educational Media - Page 3

Inside this Issue

Everything I'm Doing is Legal.  Isn't it?

Become Your Own Copyright Advocate - Know Fair Use

Commercial Video & DVDs and Public Performances

Cautionary Tales from the Courts

You Taped a TV Show, and Now You Want to Show it to Your Class

RTC Policy on Photocopying of Copyrighted Materials

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Great Websites on Copyright and Education

Here, in no particular order, are a few of the many great education and copyright sites available on the web:   

Highline Community College Copyright Page  An excellent introduction to copyright basics and related issues in community/technical colleges.  Want to test your copyright knowledge?  Play Copyright Jeopardy.

University of Washington Copyright Information for Educators   Another good page with links to information on many copyright topics, including the text of the laws that apply, copyright forms, other universities copyright policies, and recent court cases.

A Visit To Copyright Bay  A great copyright site with memorable graphics.  If you learn visually, take a look at this site.

 Circular 21—A Teacher’s Guide to Fair Use and  Copyright.   THE law as it is currently interpreted.  Every teacher should read Section C (pages 5-11)  at least once.  It’s a .pdf file, so you’ll need Adobe Reader.

To Copy or Not to Copy  A good, current summary of educational copyright.  (Thanks, Paul Baeder.)


Library Resources on Copyright

RTC Library has a number of great resources on copyright and education. Below are a few of those titles:

Copyright Law on Campus  - Discusses the basis of copyright in the US, methods of getting permission to copy, Fair Use, and copyright and distance education. Call Number: 346.0482 LINDSEY 2003

 The Public Domain : How to Find Copyright-free Writings, Music, Art & More  -    How to determine an item’s copyright status, and factors to consider when deciding if you can use it.   Call Number: 346.048 FISHMAN 2000

The Copyright Handbook: How to Protect  & Use Written Works   -  A book 
and CD-Rom offering information for both sides of the copyright question—the 
creators of the work and the people who want to use it. The CD-Rom has forms
for all copyright occasions. Call Number: 346.0482 FISHMAN 2003

Complete Copyright  - An introduction to Fair Use, and how to seek permission to use copyrighted information for your classes.  Call Number: 346.0482 COMPLET  2004e

 A Common Set of Values: Copyright and Intellectual Property in the Academic Community  - A thorough introduction to campus copyright issues. Call Number: 346. 048 SHARED 1996  VIDEO


       Online Classes and Copyright

Online classes count as “face to face” instruction, and qualify for many of the same educational exemptions as traditional classes.

Nevertheless,  you can’t put  the material into another format without violating copyright.  Digitizing an entire movie or book and putting it on a web site for your students is illegal, even if you might legitimately have shown that movie to your in-class students, or handed them the book.

You can put materials on hold in the library for your students, and you can put online (on a private class website) the materials that would be allowed under the RTC copyright policy.

 Note: In 2002, Congress updated the Copyright Act to allow the digitalization of some content for online courses.  This was called the Teach Act.  RTC has not yet taken the necessary steps to utilize this act.  If you want more information on the Teach Act, check out the Teach Act Toolkit website:


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