Copyright and Fair Use Guidelines for Teachers

by Kristie Burk

Teachers will often ask me about the legal issues of putting material online. Can you post digital copies of the students’ textbooks? If you own a DVD, can you put it online for your students to view? Can you post several paintings by an artist? A few minutes of a song from a jazz CD?

Here is a great reference chart for anyone who is unsure about what falls under the category of “fair use” online:

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