Copyright Laws in Education
What you need to know....
What is Copyright Law?
The Dos and Don'ts of Copyright in Education
- Material under public domain is free for use (federal government documents, materials produced prior to 1923 or those produced prior to 1977 without a copyright notice, works where the owner has declared free use)
- Short quotation are fair use
- Facts and ideas are fair use, but not cutting and pasting the actual document
- Items that are not protected under the Copyright Law include: names, familiar symbols, listings of ingredients or contents, titles, short phrases, slogans or procedures
- Use a company trademark or logo when analyzing or criticizing
- You may use a company name so long as you are trying to act as a spokes person on the behalf of the company
- Crediting the author is not enough; you must have explicit permission for use
- A copyright message is not necessary; just because it is not there doesn't mean it is not copyrighted
- Creative Commons does not mean free for the taking; check with the type of licence it is using
- Even if you are not making something to sell, you can still infringe on copyright law
- Removing copyrighted material does not make it ok
Legal Issues Answers
YES! The images are protected under the Copyright Law and it belongs to the owner. Just becuase there may not be a copyright statement does not mean is if free for the taking.
Question: What are copyright policies when researching and citing on the internet?
Original authors must be cited. Remember that facts are free use, but do not copy material. Be sure you obtain explicit permission for use if you require a piece of a work for your research/presentation.