As we explore open educational resources it is important to understand the role of copyright and fair use. This is a complex issue, but it is important as we explore open education resources. As you explore the links on this page, consider how copyright and fair use influence how you use online resources both personally and with your learners. What is the difference between what is acceptable for educational purposes and for other purposes? What will you convey to others (friends, relatives, and your learners) about copyright and fair use, and how will you convey it?
Select the links that are most useful for you, but be sure to read at least ONE of the articles listed below.
The copyright Act of 1976 is a form of protection provided by the laws of the United States to authors of "original" works of authorship, published or unpublished. View the following PowerPoint presention "What is Copyright?"
Next read Smashing Magazine’s article, "Understanding Copyright and Licenses". Be sure to also explore the links on this site.
The Universary of Texas’ Copyright Crash Course is Creative Commons licensed. Explore it’s resources.
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 was designed to implement the treaties signed in December 1996 at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Geneva conference, but also contains additional provisions addressing related matters. It is a long document, so for this course read ONE of the following summaries:
More Copyright Resources
Read 10 Big Myths of Copyright Explained. This may help you understand current copyright law as it applies to the Internet. Also explore Copyright with Cyberbee web site. (Click on the picture to see the tutorial). This interactive tutorial can be very useful in working with students. Other good OPTIONAL resources are
Copyright Basics put together by the US Copyright Office.
Hall Davidson’s Copyright Chart: (click on "Rotate Clockwise" button on the toolbar)
Classroom Copyright Chart