What is Copyright?
Copyright is a form of protection grounded in the U.S. Constitution and granted by law for original works of authorship fixed in a tangible medium of expression. Copyright covers both published and unpublished works. (U.S. Copyright Office) . Copyright laws allow people to own the exclusives rights to audio, visual, printed material, or computer software that they create. This means others must have their permission to copy an entire work, distribute copies of their work, perform their work publicly, or display their work publicly.
What Is Fair Use?
In its most general sense, a fair use is any copying of copyrighted material done for a limited and “transformative” purpose, such as to comment upon, criticize, or parody a copyrighted work. Such uses can be done without permission from the copyright owner. In other words, fair use is a defense against a claim of copyright infringement. If your use qualifies as a fair use, then it would not be considered an illegal infringement.
Copyrighted materials can be used in college projects as long as Fair Use Guidelines are followed.
These Guidelines tell us how much of the copyrighted material we can use without violating copyright laws. The Guidelines cover text, data, illustrations, photographs, movies, plays, TV shows, videos, music, lyrics and downloading from the Internet.
Students and teachers creating educational materials must follow the guidelines and remember to cite the authors of any work they copy.
Text and Data
Illustrations and Photographs
Movies, Plays, TV Shows, Videos, Music and Lyrics
Downloading from the Internet
Adapted from Independent School District of Boise City