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Copyright for Higher Education

Just Because You Can Does Not Mean You May!

There are many devices which make duplicating copyrighted works possible, easy and quick.  But the ability to easily make copies of articles, download music, duplicate videos, cut and paste text from Web sites, etc. does not imply you may do so freely without regard for the copyright owner of the work!

Use the following links to learn about the copyright law particularly as it relates to higher education.

Click here to access "Finding the Balance" a PowerPoint presentation explaining Copyright with an emphasis on the application of Fair Use for educators.

"How Recent Copyright Court Cases Affect Distance Education"  by Linda Enghagen, J.D. Magna Publications, 2013:

Description; Transcript; PowerPoint Handouts; Discussion Guide; Nonprofit/For Profit comparison;

Supplemental Materials: Key Rulings at a Glance, Best Practices for Fair Use, Transformative Use/Fair Use Resources, University Web Site and Institutional Policies, Do It Yourself, Open Access Resources, Commerical Textbooks and Other Educational Products, Public Domain Works, Library Resources, Personal Copies, Institutional Due Diligence.

Codes of Best Practices - provided by the Center for Social Media The information presented here is not legal advice. Individuals and organizations should consult their own attorneys.

Collection of National Copyright Laws - provides access to current national copyright and related rights legislation of UNESCO Member States.

Public Performance Licensing Agencies - sources for obtaining public performance licenses

© Janet Tillman/The Master's College, 2004 - 2013, permission is granted for non-profit educational use; any reproduction or modification should include this statement.