Academic Integrity:
Basic Copyright Issues

One of the fair use provisions of copyright law is for "educational purposes." This provision gives faculty members and students a great deal of flexibility when it comes to incorporating copyrighted materials into projects designed to be shown in a traditional classroom. However, what might be legally shown in a traditional classroom might not be legal if the project is posted on-line.

The following information will help you better understand copyright law so that your digital literacy and other course projects are legal.

Special Considerations for On-Line Courses

Unfortunately, since I no longer teach on-line courses, I have not kept current on how copyright applies to such courses. Therefore, while updating and revising Resources for Researchers, I have deleted the information previously included about the Teach Act and other issues that are specific to on-line courses.

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The copyright information provided as part of Resources for Researchers is to help students and faculty understand basic copyright issues. It does not constitute legal advice.