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Fair Use to TEACH: Copyright Basics for Instructors

Workshop guide for Fair Use to TEACH: Copyright Basics for Instructors, delivered in partnership with the Berks Center for Learning and Teaching.

Welcome to the Fair Use to TEACH Workshop!

In this workshop we will:

  • Explain the relationship between copyright, Fair Use, and the TEACH Act
  • Conduct a case study applying four factors analysis to make a Fair Use determination
  • Describe instructor rights and responsibilities under federal copyright law
  • Identify Berks Campus and University Libraries contacts for course-related copyright consultations

Copyright at Penn State Berks & PSU

Best Practices for Fair Use

  • Use Creative Commons, copyright-free, or library licensed content when possible. This content is either free to reuse, or specifically licensed for teaching and learning purposes.
  • Make your use transformative when using copyright protected content. Transformative uses "add something new, with a further purpose or different character, and do not substitute for the original use of the work," including: criticism, comment, teaching, scholarship, research, course reserves, text mining and full-text indexing, archiving, parody and satire (US Copyright Office).
  • Limit your use to just the portion of the protected work, and the duration of access, needed to accomplish a learning objective.
  • Link or embed, rather than uploading a local copy. Look for permalink (aka stable or persistent link) and embed code generators in University Libraries databases. Electronic course reserves (e-reserves) can provide access to digitized print materials and other e-content. Limit distribution of content to authenticated students who are enrolled in your course, such as through Canvas.
  • Attribute. Provide a citation or copyright statement for course content.
  • Refresh. Fair Use / TEACH Act protect the right to use licensed (copyright-protected) content under limited purposes and for a limited time; seek permission if your use exceeds these provisions.

Copyright and Fair Use Determination decision tree

Refer to "Transcript - Copyright and Fair Use decision tree" for details.

Copyright and Fair Use Determination decision tree by Sarah Hartman-Caverly (CC BY).

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