Use this resource to learn more about copyright and fair use for academics; however: we are not lawyers, and the resources provided here are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice.
1) Watch the "Copyright Basics" Video (6:17 min) to understand what copyright is, and how it affects us all
2) Watch the "Copyright on Campus" Video (6:30 min) to understand your legal and ethical obligations in the use of course materials -- such as articles, books or book chapters, videos, audio recordings, images, learning objects, and more -- in the online learning environment
3) Select a particular resource that you might utilize in your online course, such as an article, and use the "Digital Copyright Slider" interactive tool to determine the resource's copyright status
More often than not, the learning materials we wish to utilize in distance education are copyrighted. It is our legal and ethical obligation to determine whether we need permission before we perform or digitally reproduce copyrighted material in our Blackboard courses.
So, how to you know when you should seek permission to use a copyrighted work?
WHEN IN DOUBT, ERR ON THE SIDE OF CAUTION: seek permission, or use one of the work-arounds outlined below!
COPYRIGHT PERMISSION IS REQUIRED
If after using the tools above you determine that copyright permission is required, then do the following:
COPYRIGHT PERMISSION HAS BEEN OBTAINED, WAS NEVER REQUIRED, OR YOUR USE OF THE MATERIAL IS COVERED BY FAIR USE OR TEACH ACT LAW
If you need a copyright permissions work-around, consider these options:
1) You can always link out to content from Blackboard, instead of reproducing it digitally within the Bb environment. Simply provide a URL to where the content "lives" on the web. If the content is library-owned, and off-campus users must sign in for access, use the following guide to create a stable link to library-held materials:
2) You may also find free content to use in your course that is covered by a Creative Commons license. CC licenses are designed to enable "the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools." CC licenses are not an alternative to copyright, but rather work in tandem with it -- so be sure to use the content in the manner designated by the CC license!
3) Finally, the CPP Affordable Learning Initiative has resources for finding Open Source Textbooks and Courseware for use in your course. Like CC-licensed works, these are not free from copyright, but rather are designed for free digtial access and educational use:
Q: How much of a book's content can I place on Electronic Reserve, without clearing copyright?
Q: How long can I keep the article/book chapter on Electronic Reserve, without clearing copyright?
Q: Who pays for copyright clearance?
Q: Can I place my course pack on Electronic Reserve at the Library?
Q: I received an article from the Library via Document Delivery, can I place that article on Electronic Reserve?
Q: What if I wrote the article -- can't I add it to Electronic Reserve/ make photocopies/ put it on my website/ do whatever I darn please with it, since I wrote it?!
Have a question that was not answered here, or need assistance? Contact us!
E-Reserve, Fair Use: Leslie Jones, ldjones <at> cpp.edu, 909-869-4212
Copyright, linking to library-owned resources: Wendolyn Vermeer, wcvermeer <at> cpp.edu, 909-869-4990
Library Instruction, Bb-Library integration: Emma Gibson, ecgibson <at> cpp.edu, 909-869-4351