What Every Educatory Should Know

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Many educators spend lots of time looking through workbooks and binders to find just the perfect page to duplicate for their students.  Now with the addition of computers and the Internet the idea of copy and paste puts even more educators at risk.  Unfortunately, in the process of jazzing up a worksheet or handout, the teacher may violate copyright.  Educators should become more educated with respect to copyright not only to protect themselves, but also to set a good example for their students.




1.       What is the penalty for copyright infringement?

2.     What does the term “fair use” mean and who is included in the fair use clause?

3.     What are the conditions for deciding fair use?

4.     When using multimedia in the classroom, what kinds of things need to be considered when determining whether copyright has been adhered to?

5.     What are the conditions for using someone else’s words?

6.     What are the conditions for using another’s musical score?

7.     What are the guidelines for using film in the classroom?

8.     What if you want to tape something off the TV to use in the classroom…What are the rules here?

9.     How can you get permission to use items in your classroom?

10.  When items are posted to a website what should the creator be careful to consider?


Big Question


Make a PowerPoint presentation that not only convinces teachers to be more careful about copyright and also teaches them the rules and regulations.  Feel free to use examples of good and bad uses of documents for teaching purposes.



US Copyright Office

Stanford University: Copyright and Fair Use

NC Public Schools

Copyright Clearance Center

10 Big Myths About Copyright

University of Texas Copyright Site