Copyright and Fair Use

Holzberg, Carol S.; Brooks-Young, Susan
January 2005
Tech & Learning;Jan2005, Vol. 25 Issue 6, p30
This article provides information on several web sites concerning the legal doctrine fair use. Legal and ethical behavior Is an essential component of being a good digital citizen. A key factor of that behavior is knowing what content is and is not okay to use in an educational setting. There are web sites that discuss and explain the concept of fair use and its application in the educational setting. Take the University of Maryland College web site. This web site is devoted to copyright and fair use, defining the terms and providing specifics on what may be copied without permission and when you must obtain permission to use a particular resource. There is also the web site hosted by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. This web site contains information that assists school district personnel in understanding copyright laws. It contains brochures for distribution to superintendents, principals, educators and students. Meanwhile the Copyright Bay web site presents updates in the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2001. Teachers can visit this site to learn more about fair use practices and copyright infringement in educational settings. The site is also suitable for older students.


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