Copyright and Fair Use

Copy right laws protect people’s property that will be used by the public. Examples of this are books, movies, magazines, music, choreography, etc. The copyright law says no one can use copyrighted material without paying or getting permission from the creator for its use.

There are some exceptions. Copyrighted material can be used under the fair use law as long as it is:

1) For educational purposes

2) The copyrighted material is used for a short amount of time

3) It is used in a different purpose than the author/creator intended.

(Note:The material used should also be cited properly.)

Technology has made it easier for people to use copyrighted material in the wrong way because it is easily accessible. Teachers must be particularly careful to not break the copyright law when using material from the internet.

The following video shows examples of what is appropriate and what is not appropriate in under fair use.

Here are the more details on what teachers may or may not do under the fair use right:

A fun disney video about copyright and fair use: