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We may not all be aware of the full range of considerations related to modern copyright law. We understand that educational fair use policy allows the distribution of short selections of published works to students in a closed class. But the proliferation of new media and distribution of self-authored works of all kinds, mashups of content, and emerging types of intellectual property licenses, have complicated the scenario.
There is no simple formula. Responsibility for clearing copyright on your teaching materials rests with you yourself. Neither the ECTL nor the Libraries can grant you permission, or make an authoritative decision on copyright. The Office of the General Counsel can explain points of the current copyright law and assist you in determining whether you need to obtain permission.
Teaching materials acceptable under traditional fair use policy are still acceptable. If you are in doubt about any work that you would like to share with your students or colleagues, please seek permission from the holder of the copyright (author, publisher, or other). Our ultimate advice is to (1) find resources in the public domain or (2) plan in advance and simply obtain permission for materials.
The Libraries staff have developed a LibGuide with copyright resources and related issues at http://libguides.uwyo.edu/Permissions.
For further notes, a Fair Use checklist, and online help with
requesting permission, see the Columbia University website at
For information that includes media and dynamic content, including
news and court cases, see the Stanford University Libraries website
As an example of the emerging paradigms, note the intellectual property license that I have added below. It requires attribution, blocks uses for profit, and allows copying, adaptation, and distribution under the same terms. Other options are available under the Creative Commons scheme.
Advisory to Faculty on Copyright for Teaching Materials by Robin Hill is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.uwyo.edu.
Last update: 10 December 2013; rkh