Copyright and Fair Use for Educators

Jacob Berg, Director of Library Services, [Redacted]

Copyright: Who Owns What? Who Creates It?

Kanye West samples Ray Charles, as sung by Jaime Foxx. Ray Charles’ “I’ve Got a Woman” is taken from a gospel song, “I Got a Savior,” among others

Copyright Clause
• “To promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries.”
– Article 1, Section 8, Clause 8, United States Constitution – Congress is in charge

But in practice…
2013? 2052!

Fair Use
• “the fair use of a copyrighted work, including such use by reproduction in copies or phonorecords or by any other means specified by that section, for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching (including multiple copies for classroom use), scholarship, or research, is not an infringement of copyright.”
– 17 USC § 107 - Limitations on exclusive rights: Fair use

Fair Use
• Pages 13-15 of your text • University of Minnesota Copyright

Creative Commons & Open Access

What it means for you, teachers
• Don’t be intimidated • Know your rights… • Flex them:
– Distribute – Timeshift – Remix

Image Credits
• • • • • • • • • “If I do it…” Lawsuits! Bird Collage Google Open Access Creative Commons Humpty Mic drop