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Copyright Compliance: Getting Started


This guide provides practical information and guidance in handling the copyright issues confronting educators today.

There are few if any reliable rules for educational uses of copyrighted material; the very nature of fair use precludes such precision.  Indeed, it only gets more difficult to make confident decisions about proper use of copyrighted material as media and technology continue to evolve. This guide aims to pull together sources of information about copyright of interest to educators and give you the opportunity to ask questions and comment on the material presented.

Primary Sources

Basic Information About Copyright

The purpose of copyright law is to give protection, for a limited time, to authors of original works. Copyright law is also designed to promote science and the arts by facilitating the dissemination of knowledge. The sites listed below contain background information and detailed overviews of copyright law.

Faculty Copyright Presentation Materials