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 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 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.