The Digital Media Suite and its staff cannot provide legal consultation for copyright law. We can advise about fair use, plagiarism, etc., but the final decision and responsibility to use materials from other creators is left to the user.
Using materials from other creators requires that you be aware of the legal and ethical aspects of that use. There are concerns with copyright law, licensing, sharing, modification, distribution, and plagiarism. With all those concerns in mind, as well as the rapidly changing world of digital content, how can you and your students make use of content responsibly?
There is no one answer that will apply to all use cases. There are many answers that have many caveats and exemptions. Here are three tips to keep in mind:
- Fair use exemptions and Creative Commons licensing help to enable the use of materials. Fair use applies to copyright law, while Creative Commons is a licensing model used by many creators/owners online.
Below are links to sites that provide information about some of these.
- Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)
- More Information on Fair Use
- The New DMCA Exemptions for College Teachers and Students, Part One
- What Teachers Can Learn About Remix Writing from the US Copyright Office
- You Can Record Movies Off Netflix, or Music Off Spotify, but You're Not Allowed to (Consumerist)
University of Louisville Resources
- Copyright Guidelines and Resources
- Checklist for Fair Use
- Fair Use Four Factor Analysis (Delphi Center)
- Image Release form
- About the Licenses
- Creative Commons Licenses Explained in Plain English
- The Educator's Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons
Specific examples to help