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Copyright, Fair Use, and the Education Dilemma

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What is Copyright?

The United States Copyright office provides a description of the Copyright Law (Title 17 of the United States Code)* in their Circular 1. The Copyright Office has posted a summary* of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act*. The durations of copyrights as set by the Sonny Bono Term Extension* act have been posted in a table prepared by Laura N. Gasaway, Director of the Law Library and Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina.

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What are the "Classroom" exemptions?

Section 110* of the Copyright Law contains exemptions that allow nonprofit education institutions some limited rights to use copyrighted materials in face-to-face classroom settings and also some more restricted rights to transmit some types of copyrights works.

NEW - The "Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act", commonly referred to as the TEACH Act* completely revises Section 110(2) of the Copyright Law to address use of copyrighted material for distance education. The ALA and the University of Texas have posted information regarding this important new legislation.

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What is the "Fair Use" exemption?

Section 107* of the Copyright Law allows for the use of copyrighted works without the permission of the copyright owner(s) for scholarly research, educational, and other purposes.

In an attempt to aid in understanding and following "Fair Use" law, the University of Texas' has posted Fair Use of Copyrighted Materials and the Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis' has posted a Checklist for Fair Use.

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Some Guidelines to the Exemptions:

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Selected Print Materials:

Copyright Basics U.S. Documents LC 3.4/2:1/999
Copyright Permission and Libel Handbook General Collection KF2994 .J37 1998
Copyright Primer for Librarians and Educators Reference Z649.F35 R44 1987
Copyright Sampler General Collection KF3030.1.Z9 C66
Digital Millennium Copyright Act U.S. Documents AE 2.110:105-304

For Online Resources see:

Copyright Resources

For questions or comments regarding the contents of this page, please contact:

Marcus Kilman
Telephone: (407) 823-2527
e-mail: mkilman@mail.ucf.edu

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