Copyright for teachers
by Hannah Decker
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Copyright for teachers
Fair Use is an exception to
the Copyright Act allowed by
the original creator. It
allows people other than the
copyright owner to copy
part or all of the work.
It is important that teachers understand what Fair Use permits
them to use and do. Fair Use helps teachers figure out what kind
of work they can use and share in their classroom. But it still
allows them to bring their own creativity to the lesson. For
example a teacher might want to include pictures in her lesson to
expand students understand of the topic.
There are four factors which
are balanced to measure
Fair Use on a case-by-case
1) The Transformative Factor:
The purpose and character of
use. Is the new work the
same or different? Will you
make money from it or not?
2) The nature of the copyrighted work: There
is more leeway when using works for
informational benefits rather than from fictional
3) The amount or portion of the work taken: The less
information taken, and the less important the portion is to
the piece the more likely you are to be excused from
4) The effect of the use upon
the potential market: The use
of the material should not
enfringe on the owners
It is important that teachers stay up to date with any changes that
may be made to Copyright and Fair Use laws. Teachers and schools
should frequently watch and check for any changes. By collaborating
as a school teachers can unsure that everyone is aware of current laws
regarding Copyright and Fair Use laws.
Some resources to stay informed, http://www.copyright.gov, http://fairuse.stanford.edu/
Creative Commons (CC) creates a balance between "all rights
reserved" and no restrictions at all. CC is a set of copyright
licenses and tools that one can chose from. It allows the
original creator to keep their copyright while allowing certain
uses of their work. CC is a "some rights reserved" policy. It
allows for creativity and sharing while still protecting the
original creator's rights.
When something is created all of the rights to that work
are for the original creator. Others are not allowed to
use any part of the work without the creator's
permission. The owner also has the right to seek
compensation if they believe their material has been
The creator of the work has the exclusive
right to reproduce, distribute, copy,
display, or change the work in any way.
Standard Copyright covers seven different categories.
These include literary works, musical works, dramatic
works, choreographed works, pictures graphics, or
sculptures, motion pictures, and sound recordings.
The main difference between Standard
Copyright and Creative Commons is the amount
of freedom others besides the original creator
have. But the both allows the original creator
some amount of protection.