Copyright in the Classrooms

Protect your intellectual property! Respect others' works!

EDUC 422

Angela Manipon | Spring 2015
Early Copyright History

What are "copyright" laws and why do we need them?

"Copyright" laws protect original works or our "intellectual property", whether that be art, literature, media, etc, (anything that you create)! We need them so that we can decide who can use them in their works.

Public Domain: Free for all!

"Public Domain" means that the copyright for the specified work has expired and anyone may use it without needing permission.

No Fair? Try "Yes, Fair!"

"Fair Use": the exception to the copyright law! Just as long as the work is utilized in an educational setting or in a useful, social manner (news, etc.). To guide whether it falls under fair use, keep these in mind:

  1. What is the purpose of the use?
  2. What is the nature of the work?
  3. How much of the work are you going to use?
  4. What are the possible effects of using the copyrighted work?

Remember: Acknowledge the Original Author!

a.k.a. Creative Commons: these are licensing tools that are free/open to utilize, however you must acknowledge the original author!

TEACH Act (2002)

TEACH Act allows educators to use/copy copyrighted works in the classroom!


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(2015). How is technology affecting business? - 1 Global Translators. Retrieved April 21, 2015, from

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