10 Tips for Teachers

Avoiding Copyright Infringements

Megan Kolbe

Hi! I graduated from the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor's of Science in Child and Family Studies. GO VOLS! I am currently enrolled in the MAT- SPED program as well as working towards my BCBA- Board Certified Behavior Analysis.

I hope to one day change the lives of many children!

Number One

Use copies of materials that you or the school have purchased

Number Two

Don't download pictures off the internet.. UNLESS you have written permission..
If you’re still not sure, just don't use it! :)

Number Three

Give Credit Where Credit is Due.. If it was you..you would want the spotlight

Number Four

If you are building a website and you need to give credit.. post the link to the source website.

Number Five

Don't put the content from another individual or company's site to your own..UNLESS it is correctly cited :)

Number Six

Don't copy & paste logos, etc. from other sites! Make sure it is advertised as "freeware"

I posted a link below with countless free AND copyright friendly images for educational purposes!

Number Seven

There are so many resources on the internet to help with copyright! You can use: http://creativecommons.org/about

This provides an easy way to give the public permission to share and use your own work!

Number Eight

Keep in mind that even though you might be using the work for educational purposes...this does NOT guarantee permission to use the material.

Number Nine

Did you know if you wanted to use video in your lesson plan..the video must be:
  • 10%
  • 3 Minutes
Whichever is less!

Number Ten

Did you know..In order to use a copy of a chapter of a book during class..
  • Single Copy for Teacher Use
  • One copy per student, but make sure the material is brief and meets the fair use requirements!

Below is a link that shares some more about copyright as well as lists the four requirements for fair use!