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Copyright Primer: Fair Use Copyright Quiz

by Hall Davidson

The owner of the local video store supports the school by donating one DVD rentalfree to the school every Friday. The video is shown in the multi-purpose room to
reward students with perfect attendance that week. It does improve attendance.
This falls under fair use.
No, the fair use act does not allow for playing of videos in classroom when they are
used for rewards or entertainment.


A teacher buys a single-user program with department money and puts it on the
Local Area Network (LAN). It is frequently used by several teachers at the same
time. This is done in violation of a written district policy against using single-user
programs on the LAN. After two years, the software company takes action against
the individual teacher. The district is also liable.
Yes, all equipment in a school is supervised and should be used according to the rules, so
if someone breaks the rules the district will also be liable.


On her home VCR, a history teacher taped the original ABC news report of Nixon
leaving the White House after resigning. She uses the entire news program every
year in her classroom. This is fair use.
No, you can only use 10% of the material or 3 minutes to be used as an educational


A school purchases a single copy of a math program and installs it on the server so it
can be accessed by classrooms throughout the school and also on the stand-alone
computers in the portables. The policy is that only one class can use it at a time and
the policy is religiously enforced. Permissible.
Yes, because only one classroom uses the material at one time, which follow the objective
of the purchase.


Purchasing a computer program is the same as licensing it.

No, you are buying the right to use a copy of it. Depending on the type of license you can
only use a specific amount at the same time


A teacher rents Gone With the Wind to show the burning of Atlanta scene to her class
while studying the Civil War. This is fair use.
Yes and No.
Yes if the teacher uses it for face-to-face instruction as a part of classroom instruction.
No, there might be a conflict with the video renting place that does not allow the video to
be used in an educational setting and therefore the teacher would be breaking a
contractual agreement.


Copyrighted material used without permission in multimedia projects may remain

in the student's portfolio forever.
Yes, The multimedia presentation can only be used in class for the duration of the

semester but then it can stay I the students portfolio for personal use.

Asking for permission is key to fair use protection in education.

No, the fair act was put in place to allow for the use of the material and you should
only have to ask in specific cases.
9. Using a legal copy of an off-line Web Browser, a district technology specialist
downloads and caches educational and non-educational web pages for school
Internet trainings. This is fair use.
Yes, its being used to train people in an academic situation in an internal system.
10. A science teacher asks the school librarian to record a great episode of Reading
Rainbow on its original broadcast on 3/02. He figures on using it for years. His
students digitize parts for a multimedia class project. This is okay.
Yes and No.
Yes he can record the program and his students can digitalize the content because it will
be used for academic purposes, but there are time limitations
No, if he intends to use it for years, the program has a time limitation permissions of
about 1-2 years after the initial use of the material for educational purposes
11. A student finds a photo online dramatizing a pre-Columbian Viking landing in
America. Since the school symbol is the Viking, he posts this photo on the
school web page. It links back to the original website. This is fair use.
No, the picture cannot be used in the school website unless the student obtains a
permission to use it from the original owner. If he was using it in a classroom project and
linked it back to the original website that would be ok, because it would be for academic
12. A student doing a multimedia report copies the video of Kennedy's "We shall go
to the moon" speech from the CD-ROM version of Groliers Encyclopedia.
Her teacher posts the project on the school LAN. This is fair use.
Yes, the teacher is using this project for academic purposes. The school will keep the
project in its internal system and use it in an academic setting.
13. A school purchases a typing tutorial program and houses it in the library. It is
checked out to students to take home. By enforced policy, the homes erase the
program at the end of the two week checkout period. Permissible?
Yes, the students should be able to check out the program from a library to take it home.
The problem will be to trust the parents to delete the program when the time was over.
14. A student building a multimedia art project uses copyrighted images of Frank
Lloyd Wright buildings downloaded from the web. He submits this project to
her states Student Multimedia Festival (and others) honoring classroom
work and wins the $1,000 prize for the school. This is permissible under fair
Yes, these associations honor classroom work made by students, and because the material

is used for academic purposes it is covered.

15. The teacher of the winning multimedia project mentioned above shows it at an
art conference for educators. It cost $50 to attend the conference and the
teacher is awarded free attendance because he is a presenter. This is fair use.
Yes, she is the students teacher and she is using material to show academic performance.
She is also doing work that benefits other educators.
16. A high school sells a student video yearbook made by volunteers for $25 to raise
money for equipment for the school. They use popular music clips. The
money all goes to the school. The songs are fully listed in the credits. Fair use.
No, the student cannot use the music clips without permission because the video is not
used for academic purposes.
17. A school can only afford one copy of KidPix. It loads this onto the library
computer and all students and all classes have access to it all day. The
teachers copy and install KidPix Player on their classroom computers to
evaluate the student work. This is permissible.
Yes, this software was created for multiple teachers to use, in order to evaluate the
students performance on the program. Different teachers will be using it at different times
to evaluate work
18. A teacher creates his own grading program. He transfers to another school and
forgets to delete the program from the network. Everyone at his old school
copies and uses the program. He sues the school and wins. He is likely to
receive a significant monetary reward.
No, employees who create work on the employers time while using their material and
facilities to create the program give up the ownership of that material. Also, the original
work was not patent or published the teacher cannot receive royalties for that work.
19. An elementary school transcribes the lyrics from the album CATS for the school
mini- musical. There is no admission charge. Fair use applies
No, the school has to buy the rights to use the material even if it is a free performance.
The school needs to buy the rights for the musical and if this is too expensive, maybe
they should charge for refreshments or ask for donations to pay for the musical program.
20. An enterprising media aid tapes 60 Minutes every week in case teachers need it.
This is fair use.
No, she does not know if the teachers are going to use the program in their classrooms. It
by chance the teachers do not use it, there will be not academic value and she/he will not
have a justification to tape the program.
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