Copyright Resources

Audio Recording Music

It should be assumed that, with few exceptions, it is illegal to copy professionally recorded music.

Images

Includes photographs, slides, illustrations, web images, charts or graphs and designs.

Movies & Video

Movies and videos used in a classroom course but available to students electronically (for example, in WebCT, or over the Internet) must follow the guidelines as set for distance education applications.

Multimedia

Multimedia applications defined operationally, involve the inclusion of text, graphics, sound and/or video clips in a computerized environment. Educators and students may incorporate, with limitations, portions of books, videos, slides, sound recordings, motion media and other media into a multimedia project of their own for their classes.

Printed Materials

To use printed materials in an online course, use the TEACH Act requirements to determine whether or not the materials can be used in digital distance education without having to obtain prior permission from the copyright owner.

Software

In general, all computer software is copyrighted and protected under federal law, and should be treated as you would a published book or commercial video. No programs can be reproduced or distributed without the explicit written permission of the publisher and/or copyright holder.

TEACH Act

The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act (TEACH) was signed into law on Nov. 2, 2002. It deals specifically with use of copyrighted materials in digital distance education. If numerous requirements are met, TEACH facilitates the use of these materials in digital distance education without having to obtain prior permission from the copyright owner.

TV Programs

A broadcast may be recorded off-air (including cable) and retained for a period not to exceed the first 45 consecutive calendar days after the date of recording after which the recording must be erased.

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