Question: Can I post a copy of a copyrighted article to a freely accessible website?
Answer: Probably not, unless you have the written permission of the owner of the copyright.
Question: Can I place multiple copies of a textbook in Course Reserves for student to use?
Answer: Because this would effect the publisher's ability to sell the copyrighted material to students, this would not fall under Fair Use. Generally, faculty can place a single copy of a textbook on course reserves.
Question: Can instructors make copies of copyrighted materials of articles related to historical events from periodicals (newspapers, magazines, etc...) and distribute them to students for use in class?
Answer: Yes. Analyzing the articles at a later time period fulfills a different use than those originally intended, and it is likely that the instructor is using an appropriate amount fo the material. In addition, if the articles are old, their marketability is likely low, so this use would not interfere with the copyright holders ability to sell the articles.
Question: Can students or faculty make copies of sound recordings?
Answer: Students can make a single copy of copyrighted music for instructional purposes, and their instructor may keep a copy. Instructors can also make a single copy of a sound recording owned by the institution for educational uses such as examinations.
Question: Can I use short clips of different sound recordings of the same song as part of lecture notes or an assignment posted to Canvas?
Answer: Because this use is both transformative and related to a specific instructional activity, it is like to fall under Fair Use provisions. Canvas is password protected and student access is limited to the duration of the course also tends to argue for Fair Use in this case.
Question: Can I use copyrighted images - illustrations, drawings, photographs, prints, or maps - for instruction in my classroom?
Answer: Yes, as long as you are in a traditional face-to-face classroom at a non-profit institution.
Question: Can I make copies of copyrighted images for use in class or distribution to students?
Answer: You can show images in class, but in order to copy or distribute them, you'll need to determine if your intended use is Fair. You can use the checklists located on the Fair Use tab, or contact a librarian for assistance.
Question: Can students download or print images to study or use for course assignments?
Answer: As long as the use is both educational and transformative, students can download, print, and place copyrighted images in assignments and portfolios of their works.
Question: Can I use copyrighted photos of artwork in my classes?
Answer: Photos that duplicate the details of paintings are not viewed as creative works, allowing their use. Photos of sculpture are creative works, so you would need to check Fair Use guidelines.
Question: Can I show a copyrighted movie or television show in my class?
Answer: Yes, but only if the movie or show is used for instructional purposes in a location normally used for students and no admission fee is charged.
Question: Can I rent a video to show in my classroom?
Answer: As long as the license for the rental does not prohibit showing the video in class, then this use would likely be acceptable.
Question: Can I use streaming video services like Amazon Prime or Netflix in my class?
Answer: As with other uses for specific instruction, as long as the license with the streaming service does not prohibit classroom use, this should be acceptable.
Question: Can a student post a presentation containing copyrighted material online in a closed setting such as an online course requiring a password to access?
Answer: Yes, but only if access is restricted to members of the class as part of instruction.
Question: Can I stream movies in an online class?
Answer: Usually not unless you have a streaming license for the film. However, you could post links to movies in PSC Library databases, or tell students sites they can legally stream the movie from.
Question: Can I embed YouTube videos in my online course?
Answer: This should be an acceptable use. However, you should verify that the copyright owner has allowed viewing of the video on YouTube. This is more likely a concern with documentaries, films, television shows, or music than personal videos uploaded to the site.
Question: Can I record classroom presentations that contain copyrighted materials?
Answer: Yes, this would be acceptable under Fair Use if the recording is used for instructional purposes.
Question: Can I (or a student) use copyrighted images or music in a classroom presentation that is then placed on the Internet?
Answer: As long as access to the video of the presentation containing the copyrighted materials is restricted by a password and the video of the presentation was created for instructional purposes, then this use should fall under Fair Use.