Copyright and Fair Use

What YOU need to know!!

Fair Use Guidelines

  • Purpose and Character- nonprofit/educational vs for profit/entertainment
  • Nature- factual vs creative
  • Amount and Sustainability- little used vs much used
  • Potential Market- no license vs license

Most Common Works Used

  • Motion Media- 10% or 3 minutes (whichever is less) may be used for educational purposes
  • Music, Lyrics, and Music Video- 10% but no more than 30 seconds may be reproduced or otherwise incorporated
  • Illustrations and Photographs- no more than 5 images by an artist or photographer may be reproduced
  • Student work- Credit must be given

Open Licensing

  • GNU General Public License- software
  • Creative Commons- free, easy-to-use copyright licenses
  • Public Domain- open to public, not subject to copyright
  • Website Specific Licenses- software license to users to install that involves several computers at a specific site or facility

FREE doesn't necessarily mean it is GOOD!!


  • Audio
  • Video
  • Pictures

Media in the Classroom

  • Obtained media legally and using for educational purposes
  • Show more than once or every year

Not Ok-

  • Make copies for students and distribute
  • Not related to educational purposes
  • Post on your teacher website