J. Robert Van Pelt and John and Ruanne Opie Library

Copyright for the Classroom

Copyright is a form of intellectual property law that secures authors or creators certain exclusive rights over their works for a limited period of time. Works can include writings, both fiction and nonfiction, illustrative works, video and audio content.

Using copyright-protected works in instruction can be a necessary support to learning. Certain limitations on copyright such as Classroom Performance or Display, the TEACH Act or the Fair Use doctrine, allow instructors to use protected works without the permission of the rights holder. These limitations as well as any university policies should be taken into consideration by instructors or teaching faculty.

Our library guide on copyright provides additional information on copyright limitations, policies and library services that support instructional needs, such as course reserve.

Video presentations concerning copyright are available through the library’s tutorials page.

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