Click on the questions under each category for brief answers:
1. What are the educational exceptions to copyright?
- How are the three teaching exceptions related, and when does each apply?
- Where can I find more detail about applying these exceptions?
2. How can I use other people’s copyrighted materials in teaching & research?
- Are there rules about what articles and other text I can scan myself and make available to students using my Blackboard course management site?
- I have two journals articles that I want every student in my class to read. May I make enough copies for everyone and hand them out? What about putting them in the library’s e-Reserves system? The library subscribes to both journals from which the articles are taken?
- Students in my language class are doing performances of plays and recitals of poetry that are being recorded. May I place these recordings where students in the class can watch them repeatedly to enforce the learning? Can I put them on the open Web to showcase my students’ talent?
- Since I am allowed to show a video in class to my students, can I also put a digital version of the same film into my course Blackboard site where enrolled students can watch at their convenience?
3. How can I deal with DRM protected materials?
- First things first, What is DRM?
- Are DRM systems really protected by law?
- Do all digital products have DRM protection?
- I want to make a copy of a film that is not DRM protected. May I?
- I want to make a copy of a film that has DRM protection. May I
- What are the exceptions to the anti-circumvention rules that enforce DRM?
4. How do I manage the copyright in my own work?
- What do I have to do to get a copyright?
- Should I register my copyright?
- Do I have to give my copyright to a publisher?
- If my publication agreement transfers the copyright to my publisher, can I still use my own work?
- What rights should I retain when I publish my work?
- Can someone help me understand the publication agreement?
5. What should I know about how copyright and plagiarism relate?
- How is copyright related to plagiarism?
- What if I just take an idea from another source but do not copy the words?
- I am writing an encyclopedia article and want to cull some facts from earlier articles on the topic. I will also quote a few passages from the same sources. Is there a copyright problem?
- Where can I learn more about plagiarism?
6. What do institutional repositories and open access have to do with me?
Policy on Electronic Course Content
For help deciding whether course content in Blackboard or some other digital form is fair use or requires copyright permission, consult this policy document adopted by the Academic Council in February 2008.
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