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(Summarized from “Fair Use Guidelines for Educators”)
Duration: The duration of a copyright is the life of the known creator, plus 70 years.
Public Domain: Once the copyright has expired, the work is in the public domain and it is not necessary to obtain permission from the owner. The copyright owner can place the work in the public domain.
A person may make a single copy, for his own use, of an article, short written work, graphic or book chapter.
An instructor may make enough copies of a short work for each student’s class use, IF:
The materials copied may NOT be used to defer cost to the students. If copying the work prevents the author/copyright owner from receiving a profit, it is a violation of copyright law.
An instructor may use the item once. However, if the item is to be used for future classes, the instructor MUST request permission from the copyright owner and pay any fees for use. This applies to videos, as well as printed materials.
If you record a television program, you may use it in your class. However, keep in mind:
Use the databases!
Enghagen, Linda K., compiler. Fair Use Guidelines for Educators, 4th ed. Distributed by Sloan-C, http://www.sloan-c.org : 2005.