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Copyright and Intellectual Property

Copyright Overview

Using Student Creations
You may use student creations IF you show them anonymously (see UNCG's FERPA site) or get the student's written permission.
See the UNCG's Copyright Ownership and Use policy.

Fair Use
University of Texas Crash Course in Copyright - Four Factor Fair Use Test .
(UT is considered one of the best sites on copyright. It was developed and is maintained by Georgia Harper, counsel for the UT System.)

The four factors are:
• What is the character of the use?
• What is the nature of the work to be used? (fact versus imaginative creation)
• How much of the work will you use?
• What effect would this use have on the market for the original or for permissions if the use were widespread?

University of Texas Crash Course in Copyright - Fair Use Rules of Thumb.
The rules of thumb cover coursepaks, distance learning, image archives, multimedia works, music, research copies, and reserves. Each section provides an explanation and then 2-4 quick rules of thumb.

TEACH Act from University of Texas Austin Copyright Crash Course (TEACH=Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act - 2002)
UNCG Copyright and Distance learning(scroll down to distance learning section; mostly about ownership of course content.)
Public Domain Slider
Talking About Fair Use in the Classroom
Kenneth Crews' Fair Use Checklist
Fair Use Evaluator (LoC)

Creative Commons

Using Creative Commons Licensed Material in Your Classroom
Creative Commons Licensing Handout
Creative Commons-License Images on Flickr

If you have any doubts about whether you can use something, contact the library and ask them to put it on reserve.
-See Jackson Library's Placing Items on Reserve.

• UNCG Copyright from the Policy Manual
• UNCG's University Counsel  (Scroll down to the Copyright subheading.)

• UNC System Copyright Primer
• UNC System Fair Use Worksheet

• US Copyright Office at the Library of Congress
This is the authoritative site for copyright.

• Stanford Fair Use Site
Major site on fair use.

• Copyright Clearance Center
"Copyright Clearance Center is the world's premier provider of copyright licensing and compliance solutions for the information content industry. ...Copyright Clearance Center manages the rights to over 1.75 million works and represents more than 9,600 publishers and hundreds of thousands of authors and other creators.


Page updated: 28-Sep-2011

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