Copyright and fair use come into play frequently in higher education. Fair use in the area of teaching, is one of the specified uses which may be fair that are listed in the preamble to the four factors. Congress also recognized the importance of teaching in additional sections of the copyright law, including face-to-face and distance education.
To help you navigate the use of copyrighted materials in instruction, the University Library and Office of Legal Affairs created a Guide to Using Copyrighted Materials in Instruction for use by the Georgia State University community. The guide covers copyright in general, exclusive rights of copyright holders, exceptions to those exclusive rights, and permission and licensing for when there is no exception.
Feedback on the guide is welcome, and we hope you find it useful!
Other related resources:
- ScholarWorks @ Georgia State University – an open access repository of scholarship produced at GSU that can be used in instruction
- Guide to Author’s Rights – information about protecting and using the copyrights you own
- Crews, Kenneth D.Copyright Law for Librarians and Educators: Creative Strategies and Practical Solutions. 3rd ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 2012.
- Armatas, Steven A. Distance Learning and Copyright: A Guide to Legal Issues. Chicago: American Bar Association, 2008.
- Butler, Rebecca P.Copyright for Teachers & Librarians in the 21st Century. New York: Neal-Schuman Publishers, 2011.